Welcome to the Thesis Seminar!
Please read carefully the information below
1. BEFORE WE START
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 and give general guidance on research methods, research design, framing of the topic and how to report research.
The course comprises of the following
- One kick-off seminar September 25th, 9:15-16:30,
- Five thematic seminars on Mondays at 13:15-15:00 arranged in October
- Thesis plan presentation sessions that will be arranged in your own program after the seminar period.
In addition, you need to attend four final thesis presentations and write a short (2-4 pages) review about each of them. In the weekly seminars, you will be given one written assignment per week, 5 in total. All 5 assignments, the 4 thesis evaluations and the final thesis plan of 5-6 pages need to be uploaded on MyCourses by December 4.
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.
– If you don't have a clue about a thesis topic yet, use some time before the course for ideating and developing it, and preferably also discuss it with your professor.
– If you are not ready to actually start the thesis work during this semester, it's better to take the course in the Spring (periods III-IV).
– If you already know that you will not be able to attend most Monday afternoons, choose the remote version, see below. The minimum required attendance is 4 out of the 5 seminars and the Kick off day.
– If you are well advanced in the thesis process, it's also better to do the remote version.
2. THESIS SEMINARS KICK-OFF DAY, MON 25 of SEPTEMBER 2017 AT 9:15–16:30, ROOM 822
09:15 – 9:45 Welcome and instructions for the course, Camilla
09:45 – 10:15 Thesis guidelines, Aila Laakso
10:15 – 11:00 Research ethics and copyright, Maria Rehbinder, Aalto Research and Innovation Services.
11:00 - 12:00 LUNCH
12:00–12:45 Making a thesis plan, Turkka Keinonen
12:45–13:45 Information retrieval, Marika Sarvilahti, Aalto
University Learning Centre.
14:00- 16:30 Language tips for thesis writers, Maurice Forget (room 885),
14:00- 16:30 Akateeminen kirjoittaminen,
Sonja Kniivilä (room 6088)
3. FIVE THESIS SEMINARS, MONDAYS AT 13:15-15:00
After the kick-off day, we meet five times in seminars sessions around different themes related to thesis research. In each meeting, I will give a short writing assignment that is submitted to MyCourses and discussed in the next meeting.
SCHEDULE FOR AUTUMN 2017
Mon 2.10.2017, room 822
Mon 9.10.2017, room 822
Mon 16.10.2017, room 822
Mon 23.10.2017, room 822
Mon 30.10.2017, room 5022 (Observe, new room!)
4. THESIS PLAN PRESENTATIONS, will be arranged in the separate programmes
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. These sessions are arranged by your own program during Nov-Dec. There will be more info about this in MyCourses during the autumn
The final deadline for all assignments is December 4th, 2017, however, the Thesis Plans need to be uploaded on MyCourses minimum 2 days before your thesis plan presentation in your program. In this way your professors have a chance to read it before your presentation. Note that your oral presentation will probably be a Power Point presentation, but you need to upload your real 5-6 pages long plan in MyCourses and not your Power Point presentation.
5. DO-IT-YOURSELF VERSION
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 for the do-it-yourself group. If you choose this option, send an email to her before the kick-off day (and also include Camilla in the message).
6. SUPPORT GROUP
Doctoral Candidate Krista Kosonen will pilot a voluntary support group for those students who would like to use this opportunity to gain extra mentoring. Four to five meetings of 2-2,5H will be arranged on a needs basis in November & December. The first meeting will be arranged Mon 6.11. 13.15-14.45 (initial, will be confirmed later) and the place will be decided according to the size of the group.
Please contact Krista directly latest on Mon 30.10 by e-mail in which you try to define your main challenge in your plan making: firstname.lastname@example.org