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Excellence in Case Solving Skills

Excellence in Case Solving Skills

Code: MET4HY201
Scope: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 1st – 4th semester
Language: English
Curriculum: Master Curriculum
Course level: Advanced Professional Studies, Master
Course type: Elective
 

Starting level and linkage with other courses
No prerequisites.

Course description

Case solving competitions are becoming a more and more popular way of learning management development skills, and creating new job opportunities for masters` students. This course prepares students for applying to various case competitions, such as KPMG, Aarhus and Harvard, and taking part in a competition (if the application is accepted).

During the course, students multi-task in teams of three, and representing different Haaga-Helia Masters Study Programs. Students will be acquainted with the case study format, management consultancy models, and practical management problem solving methods and tools.

Learning objectives and assessment

Grade 1
The student has been involved with one case study competition process in a team, solved sufficient amount of case problems and contributed to the final team presentation. In addition, student has improved or updated his/her resume concerning first-level management consultancy skills.

Grade 3
The student has been actively involved with one or more case study competition processes in a team, solved sufficient amount of case problems with good results and contributed significantly to the final team presentation. In addition, student has improved or updated substantially his/her resume concerning first-level management consultancy skills.

Grade 5
The student has been actively involved with several case study competition processes in a team, solved large amount of case problems with excellent results and contributed very significantly to the final team presentation. In addition, student has improved or updated professionally his/her resume concerning first-level management consultancy skills.

Passed courses are assessed on a scale of 1 to 5. The assessment criteria are presented for grades 1 - 3 – 5. In addition, students with accepted case competition applications and participation in a competition are given extra credits accordingly.

Contents

The course includes the following topics:

Harvard Case Study Methods
Big Five Consulting Company Models
Branding from vision to action plan
Mixed methods in Case Studies
Team-based problem solving methods
Superior presentation skills

The course includes company visits and expert sessions by companies such as KPMG, PWC and McKinsey.

Internationality
International students and sources/material

Teaching and learning methods
The course is a combination of contact sessions, and virtual team learning in Moodle. Students need to familiarize themselves with the course materials available in Moodle, the course slides and possible material given during the course. The students also should participate in the peer discussion within Moodle, work on independent exercises (available in Moodle), and return those exercises according to the course schedule.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teachers with the main responsibility for the course

Aarni Moisala
aarni.moisala@haaga-helia.fi

Course materials
Material on Moodle e-learning platform, handouts and additional literature.