TTA-15107 Literature Study in Business and Technology, 5 cr

Additional information

This course is only for international degree students of Business and Technology (MSc, Tech). The course is only intended for degree students

Person responsible

Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
TTA-15107 2019-01 1 - 2 Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen
Attendance in the sessions and on the lectures, approved personal study plan (PSP).
Participation in the seminar sessions and written reports. The grade is based on the written report.

Learning Outcomes

There are two parts in the course. After the first part the students are familiar with the structure and the study modules of their study programme. The students are able to use the PSP tool and create a personal study plan. The students are able to use the university library as research source. The students are able to recognize the Finnish academic studying methods. In the latter part, the course starts the student's journey towards Master's Thesis. The course will help students to get acquainted with scientific research and writing of a research report in the management field. After completing the course, the student is familiar with the academic writing conventions (structure of the report, meaningful use of citations, etc.) used in the management field and is able to apply them in written reports. In addition, the student will be able to analyze scientific books and articles and compare the knowledge in different sources and organize the knowledge into a conceptual framework. (final grades 1-3). Conceptual framework not only defines the terms and managerial tools used in the research report as well as their interrelationships; a well-built theory framework also points out elegantly what is already known and whether there are areas with more information/knowledge needed. In addition to that, students are able to illustrate interrelationships of various concepts and the theory framework visually (final grades 4-5).


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. The nature of scientific research and research reports. Analytical approach to information gathering and reporting of the research results.      
2. Formulation of research questions and the structure (i.e., the narrative) of the research report. Conceptual framework.     
3. Formal requirements of seminar papers and Master Thesis (i.e., how to use citations, references, etc. appropriately).     
4. Information retrieval at the university library, creating a personal study plan positioning the student professionally.     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

Written reports. PSP.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
TTA-15107 Literature Study in Business and Technology, 5 cr TTA-15106 Literature Study in Business and Technology, 3 cr  

Updated by: Kunnari Jaana, 05.03.2019