THESIS

Structure Type: Course
Code: TIO0000
Type: Compulsory
Level: Bachelor
Credits: 15.0 points
Responsible Teacher: Lautamäki, Satu
Language of Instruction: English

Course Implementations, Planned Year of Study and Semester

Curriculum  Semester  Credits  Start of Semester  End of Semester
T-IB-2009   4 autumn   15.0   2012-08-24   2012-12-18  
T-IB-2010   4 autumn   15.0        
T-IB-2011   4 autumn   15.0        
T-IB-2012   4 autumn   15.0        
T-IB-2013   4 autumn   15.0        
IB-2014   4 autumn   15.0        
IB-2015   4 autumn   15.0        
IB-2016   4 autumn   15.0        
IB-2017   4 autumn   15.0        

Learning Outcomes

The thesis is an independent research project which aims to encourage the student to theoretical thinking, application of appropriate research methods and references, systematic work, written and oral presentations and to the development of one’s own work and field. The objective of the thesis is to integrate theoretical studies with practical working life. With the thesis, the student demonstrates that s/he is able to act in specialist and supervisory tasks in the future profession.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course is 405 h including autonomous studies, guidance, presentations and maturity test.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Methodology for studies and research

Contents

The thesis starts with choosing the topic, which is discussed with the supervisor and with the possible representative of the client. The student implements the thesis after the approval of the thesis plan. The thesis includes the theoretical frame of reference based on previous studies and other relevant literature. The thesis also includes the empirical (practical) part, which aims at finding a solution to the research problem. The empirical part can be implemented for instance by doing a survey, interviews, observations or by some other method which creates added value for the possible representative of the client.

The thesis process includes the starting seminar, interim seminar, presentation seminar and maturity test.

Recommended or Required Reading

Relevant literature related to the subject and previous research.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Self-study with the guidance of thesis supervisor and the possible representative of the working life.

Assessment Criteria

1: utilise systematically theories , principles and methods
- document the phenomena of the field
- communicate about the professional issues
- apply various techniques of information management
- search and structure important professional information
- assess and justify the information obtained
- apply ones’ skills to retrieve information in many ways in professional contexts
- justify, giving the theoretical base, for the solutions made when acting in tasks of an expert
- solve professional problems occurring in practical activities
- recognise the needs for development and present development measures

3: utilise the professional concepts fluently and consistently
- discuss the issues and phenomena of the field competently
- justify one’s own solutions and compare and analyse various points of view
- compile information systematically from various scientific sources
- compare various sources of information
- structure the information obtained and modify it for various purposes
- assess and justify the correctness and reliability of the information obtained
- apply ones’ skills to retrieve information in many ways in professional contexts
- justify , giving the theoretical base, for the solutions made when acting in tasks of an expert
- solve professional problems occurring in practical activities
- understand and assess the needs for development in the field and present development measures

5: utilise, apply and assess critically theories, concepts and methods competently in various situations
- combine, concepts and phenomena and form logical entities from them
- produce new information
- justify critically the choices made in the information retrieval from a professional, scientific and ethical point of view
- classify and compare various sources of information
- structure information obtained and modify it for various purposes and draw conclusions
- assess and justify the correctness and reliability of information both theoretically and applying it to one’s own work
- justify, giving the theoretical base, for the solutions made when acting in tasks of an expert
- solve independently demanding problems using various problem-solving methods
- analyse and assess critically the needs for development in the field and present development measures fluently and logically both in writing and in speech using modern presentations technology

Assessment Methods

Supervisor’s numeric grading and verbal evaluation
Self-evaluation
Opponent’s evaluation
Numerical 1-5

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