COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES
Preliminary Assignment - due Tuesday 27th of October
Since this course should help and assist you in the
process of your master thesis paper, you should already have a rough idea about
the topic you want to proceed.
Therefore please put these onto paper and hand them in before we start with our first session. This should be the ground work we will then work on, allocate you to your supervisor and know which research methods you should focus on for the upcoming obligatory assignments. You will find more details about the preliminary assignment further down. The submission guidelines also apply for the preliminary exercise.
Topic Exercises – due 17.11. and 4.12.
In association to each topic there are two small exercises (3 points each), which test the comprehension of the topic and help you to develop skills to critically read and evaluate scientific research. These exercises are voluntary. However, if you do not complete them, you will automatically loose the points they are worth, and cannot get the highest grade from the course. Altogether the voluntary exercises amount to a maximum of 48 points of the total 100 points of this course (8 session, 2 exercises in each session, 3 points for each exercise).
The first set of exercises are due on 17th of November. The second set of exercises are done by 4th of December. Depending if your future master thesis is focusing on qualitative or quantitative research, you should submit the exercises in from your research field. Working with this groundwork will help prepare you to do obligatory assignment number 1. The other topics, even though not part of your future master thesis research, are still part of your class and the topic exercises. These have to be done after obligatory assignment number 1 with the deadline of 4th of December.
Obligatory assignments - due 17.11. and 04.12.
The course includes two obligatory assignments (20 points and 32 points) that allow you to develop your skills as a researcher, and to work on a topic that is of interest to you. The first assignment focuses on either on Qualitative or Quantitative Research (depending on your planned master thesis topic) and it is due Tuesday the 17th of November. The second assignment will focus on your particular research methodology and it is due Friday the 4th of December.
You must complete and pass these 2 obligatory assignments in order to pass the course. However, note that they only amount to a maximum of 52 points of the total 100 points of this course and it might be very difficult to reach the maximum amount of points. In order to pass the course, you need to collect a minimum of 50 points from these exercises and the assignments. Therefore I strongly encourage you to also work on the exercises.
We offer an online feedback session after each of the obligatory assignments (see information above). The participation is voluntary.
Please, see the Materials section for all the readings and research papers that are referred to in the exercises.
Submit all exercises and assignments on MyCourses. Note that the two assignments will be submitted via Turnitin (to check for plagiarism) in MyCourses.
The work must be presented in the following format:
- Font: Times New Roman
- Size: 12
- Spacing: 1.5
- Alignment: justified
- Pages: numbered
- Margins: ‘normal’ in MS Word
- Filename format: SURNAME First Name-Year-ID-ASSIGNMENT INITIALS.docx (example: Hoeger Thomas-2020-1234567-A1.docx)
- Late assignments will lose 10 points per 24-hour period: this will be enforced as soon as the deadline is missed, as indicated by the timestamp in Turnitin. If an assignment is three or more days late, the grade will be converted to a zero for that assignment.
Referencing and Research Ethics
Citation Style: Harvard Referencing (See Materials section)
Academic excellence and high achievement levels are only possible in an environment where the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity are maintained. Students are expected to abide by the Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity, other relevant codes and regulations, as well as the canons of ethical conduct within the disciplines of business and management education.