Professional studies

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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 that after the course the student should:
- be able to specify a problem and an aim for his/her thesis
- be able to critically choose the right method and literature
- be able to structure a theoretical framework
- be able to critically evaluate other students work
- be able to present his/her work
- to listen six thesis presentations during the course

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to write an aim and problem definition.
The student can choose the right methodological approach.
The student can individually find sources and evaluate them.
The student plans and writes a theoretical framework.

Course contents

- Purpose, problem
- Methods
- Individual planning
- Presentations

Prerequisites and co-requisites

100 credits passed

Previous course names


Additional information

Compulsory participation on minimum 80% of contact lectures.
You have to listen four tourism thesis presentations and two from other programs.
After deadline for leaving the seminar paper you can not more make improvements.

Recommended or required reading

Altinay & Paraskevas 2008 Planning research in hospitality and tourism
Veal,A.J.2011. Research Methods for leisure&tourism.A practical guide. Fourth edition.Prentice Hall.
akala,J.T.2012.Uusi graduopas 3 painos
Bryman,A,Bell,E.2011. Business research methods. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Small-group work - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 60 hours
  • - 13 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Criteria for evaluation can be read on Itslearning and at course start


  • Aittoniemi Hellevi
  • Fabricius Susanna


Aittoniemi Hellevi

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

se/see Itslearning

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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