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GLOBBA Bachelor’s Thesis module

GLOBBA Bachelor’s Thesis module

Codes:           
THE7LF006 Introduction to thesis (1 ects virtual course)
THE7LF007 Thesis planning (4 ects)
THE7LF008 Thesis implementation (5 ects)
THE7LF009 Thesis finalization (5 ects)
Thesis workshops to support the thesis process
Individual/team thesis advising with allocated thesis advisor
Maturity test

Extent: 15 cr (400h)
Timing: 5th & 6th semester
Language: English
Level: Professional specialisation studies
Type: Thesis project supported by thesis courses

 

Prerequirements
THE7LF006 Introduction to Thesis virtual houme examination completed. Test materials and link to test available at https://haagahelia.sharepoint.com/sites/globbaforstudents/thesis/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/.

Starting level and linkage with other courses
Student has completed the basic studies and has completed at least 10 credits of professional studies. Portfolio theses are started any time during the studies as agreed with the thesis coordinator.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the thesis, the student is able to

  • produce a thesis plan and implement it flexibly according to the schedule.

  • choose the correct thesis type for his thesis project.

  • give, receive and utilize feedback received in working life meetings and thesis advising situations.

  • choose and demarkate the thesis topic, and determine the objectives and benefits of the thesis.

  • choose the most suited research and project management methods to serve the thesis project.

  • produce the research design and the overlay matrix.

  • utilize various types of sources and information search channels, and assess source literature critically.

  • apply the reporting and referencing guidelines of Haaga-Helia.

  • conduct RDI ethically.

  • recognize, describe and possibly develop expert operations in the field of business: developing own work, own competences, organizational processes and/or the field of study.

  • behave professionally in thesis advising situations and meetings with working life.

  • utilize the concepts, models and theories of international business in the thesis.

  • write the thesis report in professional English using the required style and register.

  • discuss and present his thesis project to various types of audiences

  • complete the legislated maturity test in the mother tongue of his secondary/high school education.

  • follow Haaga-Helia’s thesis instructions.

 

Course contents

The following as they relate to the bachelor’s thesis.

  • types of thesis projects

  • formulation of research questions and dividing it into investigative questions, and formulation of project objective and dividing it into project tasks.

  • demarkation for a research-based thesis and scope for a product/project-based thesis

  • knowledge base (theoretical frame of reference), and research and project management methods

  • negotiations and collaboration with commissioning organizations

  • Haaga-Helia reporting and referencing guidelines.

  • ethical principles in RDI

  • research design and overlay matrix

  • tools and software

  • maturity test

  • thesis assessment criteria

  • publication process

  • academic writing

 

Cooperation with the business community
Students are strongly encouraged to find a commissioning organization that has a need for an RDI project as part of their organizational process or service development.  Commissiong organizations can be for-profits or non-profits.

International dimension
Theses must be be completed to serve the needs of an international or foreign organisation, or a Finnish SME aiming to internationalize.

Teaching and learning methods

  • THE7LF006 Introduction to thesis (1 ects): independent study and an on-line home examination (27 h)

  • THE7LF007 Thesis planning (4 ects): lectures and task debriefings (32 h), independent study (75 h)

  • THE7LF008 Thesis implementation (5 ects): thesis workshops  and thesis advising (18 h), independent study (115 h)

  • THE7LF009 Thesis finalization (5 ects): thesis workshops  and thesis advising (18 h), independent study (115 h)

  • Thesis workshops: At the minimum biweekly visit until thesis is completed. Walk-in workshops offer assistance with thesis methods, thesis structuring, academic writing and other necessities.

  • Maturity test: (e-exam in Tenttis 1–2 h)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

For more information on the following, contact GloBBA thesis coordinator Elizabeth San Miguel.

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available for the course THE7LF007 for students who have previously completed a bachelor’s or master’s thesis in higher education, or conducted and reported RDI projects at work or in hobbies. The RPL application should contain: transcript of record and thesis evaluation statement, work certificate, a complete thesis plan for the project to be undertaken as GloBBA Thesis.

  • The student may apply for transfer crediting of a previously completed bachelor’s or master’s thesis if it was written in English on the student’s field of professional specialization in GloBBA.

  • Reports completed previously in working life, studies or leisure activities can be incorporated as part of a portfolio thesis.

Teacher(s) responsible

  • Thesis planning and all types of advising: Elizabeth San Miguel (day), Maija Suonpää (evening)

  • Method advising: Kevin Gore, Tanja Vesala-Varttala, Jutta Heikkilä, Juha Lindstedt?

  • Information retrieval and evaluation: library staff

  • Individual thesis advising: The students’ named thesis advisor.

  • Other staff as needed

Course materials

Assessment criteria

 

Components

Pass

Knowledge

Knows the objectives, phases and requirements of a UAS bachelor’s thesis.

Knows the differences between a research-based and a project/product based thesis, and can describe other thesis formats.

Knows how to prepare and conduct negotiations with working life companies.

Knows how to choose and demarkates the thesis topic, and determine the objectives and benefits of the thesis.

Knows how to put together a research design and an overlay  matrix, and what they are used for.

Knows types of literature, and how to search and critically assess literature.

Knows Haaga-Helia reporting guidelines and referencing system.

Knows the concepts related to academic integrity and ethical RDI, and knows how to read Urkund plagiarism detection software programme results.

Knows the purpose, types and assessment criteria of the legislated maturity test.

Knows the thesis publication and assessment process.

Skills

produces a thesis plan and implements it flexibly according to the schedule.

chooses the correct thesis type for his thesis project.

gives, receives and utilizes feedback received in working life meetings and thesis advising situations.

chooses and demarkates the thesis topic, and determines the objectives and benefits of the thesis.

chooses the most suited research and project management methods to serve the thesis project.

produces the research design and the overlay matrix.

utilizes various types of sources and information search channels, and assesses source literature critically.

applies the reporting and referencing guidelines of Haaga-Helia.

conducts RDI ethically.

Competence

Recognizes, describes and possibly develops expert operations in the field of business: developing own work, own competences, organizational processes and/or the field of study.

Behaves professionally in thesis advising situations and meetings with working life.

Utilizes the concepts, models and theories of international business in the thesis.

Writes reports in professional English using the required style and register.

Utilizes feedback to improve own decision-making.

Discusses and presents his thesis project to various types of audiences

Completes the legislated maturity test in the mother tongue of his secondary/high school education.

 

Assessment components and their respective weights

  • See the point above.