Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

In this study unit you present the following

Research, development and innovation competences

SDG's in focus:
#4: Quality education

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this study unit:

You can critically examine, discuss and evaluate
scientific texts. (Knowledge)

You apply, evaluate and discuss different research
methods for
collecting data and processing data. (Skills)

You argue for different research ethical
positions. (Approach)

You apply a critical approach when reviewing your
own and other
students' project plans and reports. (Approach)

Course contents

In the study unit, the student begins the writing
of his or her Thesis. Final
examination of this unit consists of chapters 1, 2
and 3 of the Thesis.

The overall content of this unit is to provide the
student an ability to be
able to plan and carry out an independent
scientific work. The student
should be able to apply and integrate the
knowledge acquired in previous
study units in order to investigate a specific
phenomenon of their own

Students are also given opportunities to improve
their knowledge of
information retrieval, which is an essential part
of writing a scientific

Finally, this study unit helps the student to be
able to understand and make
use of the different scientific methods available
for to investigate a chosen

Competences gained:

-You are able to specify a problem and an aim for
his/her thesis
-You are able to critically choose the right
method and
-You are able to structure a theoretical framework
-You able to critically evaluate other students
-You are able to present your work

What do you learn:
-You should be able to write an aim and a problem

-You can choose the right methodological approach.

-You can individually find sources and evaluate

-You can plan and write a theoretical framework.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Third year students.
The minimum requirement to complete this study
unit is 105 ECTS (credits from work placements are
not included) and at least 30 credits in your major
subject have to be completed.

Previous course names

AB-2-052 - Seminars and Thesis Work

Additional information

The course starts the thesis process.
Active participation is required. When submitting the
preliminary topic (and idea) within the time frame
informed in the beginning, the student will get a
thesis supervisor.

Recommended or required reading

Literature: Bryman, A. & Bell, E. the latest
available ed. Business Research
London: Oxford
University Press
AND other relevant material added by the
lecturer, individual reading material will be
recommended (needs based)

Study activities

  • Lectures - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 15 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 70 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 10 hours
  • Seminars - 20 hours


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

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

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

Assessment requirements

The student starts working on the final thesis
(chapters 1,2,3). At the
end of the course the student should hand-in the
final version of the
first part of the thesis.

All parts of the seminar report must be submitted
according to the
instructions given in each assignment in
itslearning. Students who fail
to submit an assignment will be removed from the
course and is
required to participate in the next course.

Mandatory attendance in the introductory session
according to the
timetable found in itslearning.


  • Adlercreutz Erica
  • Broth Joacim
  • Buttler Pekka
  • Fabricius Susanna
  • Forsström Mikael
  • Henriksson Robert
  • Donner Henrica


Fabricius Susanna

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

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

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