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Workshop 1: Orientation to CAPS and Thesis Idea

Workshop 1: Orientation to CAPS and Thesis Idea

Code: MGT2LG106
Extent: 1 ECTS (27 h)
Timing: 1st semester
Language: English
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

The workshop is connected with all CAPS and with the Master’s Thesis.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the workshop, the student will

  • learn about the Student's Office and Library services
  • learn about the market value of the Master’s degree (guest lecturer)
  • understand the structure of the IBMA Programme
  • be familiar with the 'Learning by Working' learning approach
  • learn about the content of the first academic year
  • be aware of the big picture of the first semester
  • learn about the Moodle and Winha system
  • learn about others' students' thesis ideas
  • know their groups for the first course exercises and assignments.

The main goal of the first workshop is to provide information to students about the structure, content, learning philosophy, and learning environment of the whole master programme. Furthermore, during the workshop students will be informed about the first academic year and the first courses. Lastly, the goal is to socialize and to get to know each other’s professional background, interests, motivation, personality, and thesis ideas.

Course contents

This orientation workshop in the morning starts with a common information session (including Moodle Winha, Student Affairs Office and library services  for all master programmes in English, and in the afternoon continues with small group work and with introduction of participants. Then, the content of the IBMA Programme, its learning philosophy and learning approaches will be presented. It will be followed with orientation to core studies focusing on the content of the first academic year, first semester and first theme of the semester: Work Development Methods and Tools.

During the afternoon session, focus is on practicalities. The first workshop will be closed by conducting a group exercise and by forming heterogeneous and multicultural groups for conducting the group assignment of the first course.

Cooperation with the business community

The thesis ideas of students will emerge from their workplaces such as an international business management problem, challenge, and/or an opportunity.

International dimension

The thesis ideas of students are related to international business problems, challenges and opportunities.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours (information session, exercises, lectures, discussions) 8 h
Independent studies 18 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Not applicable.

Teacher responsible

Maria Jakubik, Pasila

Course materials

Exercises provided by the tutor
Material in Moodle
HAAGA-HELIA Pasila Campus Guide

Assessment components and their respective weights

Full attendance (absence should be compensated with extra assignment/s) 20%
Presenting your initial thesis idea(s) 20%
Submitting in written the initial thesis idea(s) (1-2 pages or slides) 40%
On-line group work on Moodle 20%
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h 0%

The workshop will be assessed as "passed" or "failed". Attendance in the workshop is compulsory for all students. To receive the credit for the workshop all parts need to be passed.

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.