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Thesis

Thesis

Code: THE1SP001

Extent: 30 ECTS

Timing: I year autumn – II year spring

Language: English

Level: Advanced Professional Studies

Type: Compulsory

 

The Master's Thesis is a development process related to the student's current job. The planning of this work starts immediately with the guidance of tutors, professionals and employers. At the end of the studies, the field works will be presented publicly in special workshops.

Learning Outcomes: Unique expertise in the thesis area

Content: Leadership, marketing, financing, communication – the thesis is a concrete development project. Students take part in the real activities of the organization, they participate also in seminars. Individual tutoring is available as well. Collecting relevant information and regular reporting is part of the work.

Cooperation with the Business Community: Thesis topic relates to the organization, where the student is working

International Dimension: Literature review

Teaching and learning methods: Individual and group tutoring, Thesis Seminar twice a year

Teachers Responsible: Kari Puronaho, Timo Vuorimaa, Vili Nurmi, Outi Kangas-Korhonen, Risto Rasku, Hanna Vuorimaa

 

Assessment Criteria:

 

Satisfactory (1)

Good (3)

Excellent (5)

1. Topic and objective

a) Significance and currency

b) Objective and scope

c) Working life orientation

The topic is ordinary and not current. The objective and/or scope have been defined ambiguously. The connection between the topic and working life development is narrow.

 

The topic involves some new perspectives and is useful for the organisation. The objective and scope have been defined clearly. The topic is related to working life development.

The topic involves innovative perspectives and it is important for the organisation. The objective and scope have been defined excellently. The topic is strongly related to working life development.

2. Conceptual framework (theory)

a) Literature review

b) Conceptual framework

c) Definition of concepts

The literature available about the topic has been explored narrowly or some of the sources are not current. The conceptual framework does not support the study well. The key concepts have been defined incompletely.

 

The literature available about the topic has been explored well and the sources are current. The conceptual framework supports the study well. The key concepts have been defined well.

The literature available about the topic has been explored widely and critically. The sources are current, international and diversed. The conceptual framework is creative and focuses on the study excellently. The key concepts have been defined excellently.

3. Methods

a) Planning and implementing

c) Evaluating outcoms

The development study has been planned and implemented applying research and development methods satisfactorily. The selection of the methods has been justified incompletely and not all methods are suitable for the study. The evaluation of the outcomes is weak.

The development study has been planned and implemented applying research and development methods well. The selection of the methods has been justified well and they are suitable for the study. The outcomes have been evaluated well using appropriate measurement methods.

The development study has been planned and implemented applying research and development methods excellently. The selection of the methods has been justified excellently and they are suitable for the study. The outcomes have been evaluated excellently using appropriate measurement methods.

4. Outcomes

a) Correspondence between objectives and outcomes

b) Value contribution

The outcomes correspond to the objectives partially weakly. The value contribution of outcomes is minor. The conclusions remain inadequate or unjustified. Suggestions for further development are insufficient or not very valuable for the organisation.

 

The outcomes correspond to the objectives well. The value contribution of outcomes is good. The conclusions are well justified. Suggestions for further development are valuable for the organisation.

The outcomes correspond to the objectives excellently. The value contribution of outcomes is excellent. The conclusions are justified excellently. Suggestions for further development are very valuable for the organisation.

5. Reporting

a) Structural consistency

b) Clarity and readability

The structure of the thesis is inconsistent. Clarity and readability are partially poor. Argumentation and critical viewpoints are missing. Reporting instructions have not been followed sufficiently.

 

The structure of the thesis is consistent. Clarity and readability are at a good level. Reporting instructions have been followed well.

The structure of the thesis is highly consistent and the thesis forms a balanced whole. Clarity and readability are at an excellent level. Reporting instructions have been followed excellently.

6. Project management

a) Planning

b) Implementation

c) Analysis and reflection

 

The thesis project has been planned, implemented and managed partially weakly. The reflection on one’s personal learning is incomplete.

The thesis project has been planned, implemented and managed well. The reflection on one’s personal learning is conducted well.

The thesis project has been planned, implemented and managed excellently. The reflection on one’s personal learning is conducted excellently.