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Business IT Report

Business IT Report
  • Code: INS2TF010
  • Extent: 6 cr (162h)
  • Timing: 4th semester 
  • Language: English
  • Level: Professional Studies
  • Type: compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

English 2 (recommended). Business IT Report course is closely related to thesis project.

Learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with scientific research method and scientific writing. Besides contact teaching, the course involves plenty of independent work. Every student will plan and carry out an independent IT-related research project: choose a topic, plan a timetable, apply the chosen research method, and present the results in a written academic report and an oral presentation. In the course of the Writing Business Report, oral presentation skills and the genre of academic writing will be briefly recapitulated. Students are also required to peer-review each other’s assignments. Students are to revise their written documents during the course, if necessary, after the lecturers in charge of the course and a peer student have reviewed them with comments.

Course contents

  • Research methods
  • Research process
  • Research reporting
  • Recap of academic writing and presentation skills  

Seminar documents: written assignments 

  • Research topic
    • Topic proposal for research
  • Research plan
    • A short description of the chosen topic and preliminary sources
    • Planning a timetable for the research
  • Seminar paper: a 15 20-page-long document in the format of an academic research report
    • Introduction
    • Defining the Concepts
    • Empirical part
    • Conclusions
  • Research report: A follow-up report of the research process

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours 40 h
Independent work 79 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Teachers responsible

Jari Hyrkäs
Inara Shakirova

Course materials

  • Haaga-Helia Thesis quidelines
  • Nicholas Walliman. 2011. Research Methods, the basics. Routledge. Abingdon.
  • Other material will be announced during the course

Modes of assessment and their weights

  • 70% assignments (30% academic writing (English Teacher) and 40% content of assignments (IT Teacher))
  • 30% presentations (10% presentation skills and appearance of presentation (English teacher), 10% content (IT Teacher) and 10% attendance (English and IT teacher together))

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the 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 online in WinhaOpaali.