Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to give students the required experience and skills required for planning, performing and reporting any significant research project and in particular their degree thesis topic.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- get the opportunity to do the degree thesis for a company
- write & submit a research proposal for a thesis topic
- conduct a literature search on the thesis topic and write a a literature review

Course contents

Course content:
- Approaching companies (CV, cover letter).
- Selecting a thesis topic.
- Research proposal.
- Literature search and review.
- Project plan for degree thesis.
- Guidelines for thesis work (Arcada)

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Recommended to start once 70% of all courses in Professional Studies have been completed.

Previous course names

Methodology for Thesis Work [IM-2-051]
Statistical Methods for Analysis [EM-4-001]

Additional information

Teacher supporting in virtual environment (Itslearning) during the course

Study activities

  • Individual- and group instruction - 20 hours
  • Practical exercises - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 45 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Supported virtual education

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Reports approved.


  • Andersson Mirja
  • Åvall Ann-Kristin


Andersson Mirja

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

This course is organised 2 times during the academic year 2017-2018. You can join the required course assignments during period 1 (group 1) or period 3 (group 2) according to your own curriculum. The assignments will be active for answering under a certain period of time in Itslearning. More information in Itslearning.

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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