Welcome to the Thesis Seminar!
The course is meant for second year MA students at the Department of Design who are ready to start working on their master's thesis. We focus on the preparation and presentation of the thesis plan. The course comprises a kick-off seminar, five thematic group meetings and five common plan presentation sessions. In addition, you need to attend four final thesis presentations and write a short review about them. To make the most of the course, you should have at least an idea of your thesis topic and be prepared to start actively working with it.
KICK-OFF DAY, TUE 28 FEB 2016 AT 9:15–16:15, ROOM 822
09:15–11:30 Language tips for thesis writers, Maurice Forget. room 822. (If you do your thesis in Finnish, you can skip this lesson and take instead the Finnish writing lesson on 14 March.)
13:00–13:30 Thesis guidelines, Aila Laakso
13:30–14:15 Making a thesis plan, Turkka Keinonen
FINNISH WRITING CLASS, TUE 14.3. AT 9:15–11:30, ROOM TO BE CONFIRMED
Akateeminen kirjoittaminen, Sonja Kniivilä, Aalto Language Centre
GROUP MEETINGS, PERIOD IV, TUESDAYS AT 14-16
After the kick-off day, we divide into two tutoring groups that meet five times around different themes related to thesis research. In each meeting is given a short writing assignment that is submitted to MyCourses and discussed in the next meeting.
GROUP 1: COID, CS & IDBM students, teacher Antti Pirinen
- Tue 7.3.2017, room 6087
- Tue 14.3.2017, room 6087
- Tue 21.3.2017, room 6099
- Tue 28.3.2017, room 6087
- Tue 4.4.2017, room 6087
GROUP 2: FACT & PSD students, teacher Camilla Groth
- Tue 7.3.2017, room 6088
- Tue 14.3.2017, room 6088
- Tue 21.3.2017, room 6088
- Tue 28.3.2017, room 6088
- Tue 4.4.2017, room 6088
PLAN PRESENTATIONS, PERIOD V, TUESDAYS AT 14-17
During the course you will write a thesis plan, a 5-6 page document describing your thesis topic, background and practical execution. In the plan presentation sessions, the plans are presented to professors and fellow students to get feedback. There will be a booking system for reserving a slot from a session where your own professor is attending. All students are expected to participate as audience. Note that there are often two parallel sessions. The detailed program will be published the previous Friday.
- Tue 18.4.2017, room 885 (& 857)
- Tue 25.4.2017, room 885 (& 857)
- Tue 2.5.2017, room 885 (& 857)
- Tue 9.5.2017, room 885 (& 857)
- Tue 16.5.2017, room 885 (& 857)
The final deadline for assignments is Tue 23.5.2017.
There is also the option of doing the course remotely by completing written assignments independently, if you are for example abroad or working elsewhere. Heidi Paavilainen (email@example.com) is responsible of the do-it-yourself group. If you choose this option, send an email to her before the kick-off day (and also include firstname.lastname@example.org in the message).