Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

3 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to mentor and support
students in his/her thesis work. Yet an other goal
is that the student writes and presents essential
elements of his own thesis.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
to be able to:
- make a research plan for his/her thesis
- process the topics, the research question and
and the goals of the thesis project
- seek and evaluate relevant literature for
his/her thesis
- write accurate scientific Swedish text
- act as a discussant for other thesis works

Course contents

The Thesis work process
Outline, form and content of thesis work plan
Thesis work outline and structure
The writing process, language and lay-out
How to use literature and sources in thesis

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The student must have registered 50% of total credit
units for the degree program; that is 120 ECTS.

Previous course names

Technical writing

Additional information

The course is combined with AS-4-002 Research
Methodology (2 ects) to form a 5 ects module.

Recommended or required reading

Arcada's thesis writing guide.
Martin Höst m.fl.: Att genomföra examensarbete.
Studentlitteratur 2006. ISBN 91-44-00521-0
Hanna Vilkka, Tiina Airaksinen. 2003.
Toiminnallinen opinnäytetyö. Jyväskylä: Tammi. 168
s. ISBN 951-26-5034-7
Backman, Jarl. 1998. Rapporter och uppsatser.
Lund: Studentlitteratur. 213 s. ISBN 91-44-00417-
Hakala, Juha. 2001. Snart magister? Guide för
examensarbetet. Gaudeamus Kirja. ISBN 951-662-832-

Study activities

  • Lectures - 18 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 14 hours
  • Individual studies - 38 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 80 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 80 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

Mandatory assignments:
- participation in six thesis forum seminars and
write a short reports of these
- present the thesis work plan
- act as opponent for a thesis work plan
- present a the thesis work outline, a chapter and
references used
- act as opponent for a thesis work outline etc. /
or act as opponent for a thesis forum presentation


Westerlund Magnus


Westerlund Magnus

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

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

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