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Research and Innovation Methods

Research and Innovation Methods

Code: MET1RZ002
Scope: 3 credits
Timing: 2nd academic year
Language: English
Level: Basic studies
Type: Compulsory

Learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, the student is able to
• understand basic principles and methods of research and innovations
• conduct small-scale research and development projects based on the available data in the industry
• to find and use international sources of information in their own field
• evaluate data critically
• know the core principles of project-based work and are able to work in projects

• Criteria for scientifically-valid information
• Planning independent research
• Constructing framework
• Commonly-used research and innovation methods
• Analyzing data
• The importance of clear reporting

Starting level and linkage with other courses
Recommended to be studied after the course Personal communicational skills.

The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), fair (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 1
Student identifies the research and innovation methods of the key research concepts and is able to make a small-scale research or development. He is able to find material of studies and other source material.

Grade 3  
Student is able to design and implement a small-scale research or development. He knows how to use appropriately different source materials. He is able to compare the different types of data collection and analysis methods and select the most suitable ones to the research project.

Grade 5   
The student is able to work with investigative and evaluative approache. The student can also give suggestions to improve the professional practices. Student masters the basic research and development of methods. He is able to justify choices in a project work. He is able to apply a wide range of research and development methods. He is able to evaluate research critically and to relate their results to existing knowledge. Students adopt a critical proactive approach to work.

Working life connections
Research and development methods consists of co-operating with students’ place of employment or other company/organisation operating in the business to meet the learning objectives.

The course is conducted in HOTEM-programs with a mix of international students and exchange students.

Learning methods
The learning goals of this course can be reached in the following ways:

a. Lectures and related assignments as full-time studies
b. Develop models to include study-time work experience in the studies

Assessing one’s own learning is a compulsory part of the course.

Teachers responsible
Eeva Pajakkala, Haaga