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Becoming an Entrepreneur in Finland

Becoming an Entrepreneur in Finland

Code: BUS8LF001
Extent: 6 ECTS (162 h)
Timing: Semester 4 -7
Language: Finnish
Level: Professional studies 
Type: Free-choice studies

Prerequisites

The course is intended for immigrant students interested in entrepreneurship in Finland. It is also suitable for other than business students. It is not required to start one’s own business during the course. This Finnish-speaking course is also suitable for students who have already started a business in Finland and wish to improve their skills in entrepreneurship and their Finnish language skills.

The student has completed the course: Finnish for Working Purposes 2 (FIN8LF003) or has language proficiency at level B1.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands, presents and discusses entrepreneurship as a career option
  • understands what starting one’s own business requires in Finland – especially startup problems
  • has the skills to take his/her own business forward
  • is able to seek expert advice
  • understands the meaning of networking and partners
  • understands the basic rules of corporate structures
  • knows Finnish business terminology
  • is able to fill in forms in Finnish and read Finnish instructions with a dictionary or other aid
  • has the courage to communicate in Finnish
  • knows how to develop his/her Finnish skills further
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

  • Legal forms of Finnish companies
  • I as an entrepreneur or self-employed person
  • Business owner’s responsibilities and obligations
  • Permits
  • An introduction to the Finnish business culture
  • Startup grant
  • Networking in Finland and partner co-operation
  • Information sources
  • Introduction to Finnish business plan criteria
  • Business vocabulary in Finnish
  • Discussions and presentations about entrepreneurship in Finnish
  • Oral and written communication situations relevant to starting a business

Cooperation with the business community

Company quest speakers (immigrant entrepreneurs).

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons 64 h
Independent studies 98 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

The course integrates content and language learning: the basics of entrepreneurship and the Finnish language. These topics overlap in class activities as well as in homework, assignments and the exam. The language of instruction is (simplified) Finnish. Learning of the business content is facilitated with Finnish language instruction and rewritten learning material. Finnish instruction is tailored to each business topic and the communication needs of the students. The course includes lectures, presentations, individual, peer and group exercises in class, homework and assignments and visiting speakers. Moodle is used as a virtual learning environment.

Accreditation of prior learning

Not applicable.

Teachers responsible

Tuula Jäppinen
Ilkka Malinen

Course materials

Material given by the teachers.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90%
competence level)
Knowledge The student knows some principles of establishing a business, e.g. legal forms of companies and business owner´s responsibilities and obligations. He/she has a very limited vocabulary in business Finnish. The student knows the principles of establishing a business and some features of a Finnish business plan. He/she has some Finnish vocabulary to discuss these issues. The student knows the principles of establishing a business and the structure of a Finnish business plan. He/she knows the basic business vocabulary in Finnish.
Skills The student is able to search information to some extent when
assisted.  He/she can discuss business topics in Finnish in a simple
manner with the help of supervisors. The student has limited capability to understand Finnish business life.
The student is able to search information and discuss business topics in Finnish with some fluency. The student is partly capable to understand Finnish business life. The student is able to search information and discuss business topics in Finnish quite fluently. The student
understands Finnish business life.
Competence The student has limited motivation to take responsibility for his/her own professional development. The student shows poor activity and initiative in the learning process. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy. The student has motivation to take responsibility for his/her
own professional development. The student shows activity and initiative in the learning process. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.
The student has good motivation to take responsibility for his/her own professional development. The student shows activity and initiative in the learning process. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation and keeping schedules 40%
Assignments 30%
Exam 30%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.