Extent: 2 ECTS (54 h)
Timing: 2nd semester
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Starting level and linkage with other courses
The workshop is connected with all Compulsory Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), and with the Master’s Thesis. It is directly linked to Project Management, Conducting Qualitative Research and Conducting Quantitative Research master courses.
Upon successful completion of the workshop, the students will
- learn about international office’s services regarding foreign partners of HH and exchange studies abroad as part of personal studies during the second academic year
- learn about RDI projects of HH as potential thesis work
- become familiar with research trends in international business
- learn to write a research plan as their thesis plan
- apply HH’s thesis writing instructions and template
- receive feedback on how to improve/update the research plan
- reflect on their first semester studies
The main goal of the second workshop is to write a thesis plan. As soon as the plan is accepted the student can start working with his/her thesis tutor.
Learning about the emerging themes in international business research could help students to position their thesis topic and to find/develop their research questions. Furthermore, students will gain information about HHs international office services regarding foreign study opportunities and learn about the RDI projects of HH as potential thesis works.
Cooperation with the business community
The thesis plan is prepared as a work development project that is directly linked to the authentic business environment.
The students will explore the currently emerging international business research topics.
Teaching and learning methods
Contact hours (presentations, discussions) 8 h
Independent studies 45 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h
Accreditation of prior learning (APL)
Maria Jakubik, Dr. Sc. (Econ.), Pasila
Griffith, D. A., Cavusgil, S. T., & Xu, S. 2008. Emerging themes in international business research. Journal of International Business Studies. 39. 1220-1235.
HAAGA-HELIA thesis writing instructions.
Research thesis plan instructions and assessment form in Moodle.
Swales, M. & Feak, C. 2004. Academic Writing for Graduate Students. 2nd ed. The University of Michigan Press.
Other material provided in Moodle.
Assessment components and their respective weights
Full attendance 20%
Thesis Plan (written assignment to be submitted in Moodle) 50%
Pre-assignment (written assignment to be submitted in Moodle) 20%
Reflections on the first semester studies in Moodle (written assignment) 10%
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.