The course is included in these curricula and study modules


Other studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

2 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to help the student
to perform a thesis which fulfills the
qualitative and ethical requirements of technical or economic research.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected
to be able to select a suitable research
method for his/her thesis work, and to plan,
implement and report his/her work according to
the chosen method.

Course contents

Hot research topics. Test series planning.
Quantitative methods, i.e. customer satisfaction
and price testing. Qualitative methods, i.e.
expert interviews and focus groups. Case studies and intervention. Ethics and human aspects. Obtaining and and crunching measurement data. Research plans, how to make and use them.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The course is intended for students who plan to
start their thesis work within a year.

Previous course names

The course is held jointly for programs within
Arcada technology and economics, as an
introduction to the program-specific thesis

Additional information

The course content will be updated during 25.8-27.8.2014!

Recommended or required reading

Selected thesis works. Books and articles
according to recommendations by the lecturers.

Study activities

  • Individual- and group instruction - 0 hours
  • Individual studies - 20 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 33 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 53 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 53 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Assignments submitted within deadline and approved.


Ståhl Tore


Andersson Mirja

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

To be specified

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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