Expert's Tools and Theories
Practice, practice, practice to become a skilled IT specialist. Theory and practice. There is no way out, you must get hands on the object itself: work systems. These courses and Master's Thesis will guide your way to the skilled specialist that the academia and business seeks for.
Master´s thesis - Jari's and Shahzad's case
The master's thesis is a mandatory requirement for the Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree. The aim of the period of study dedicated to the thesis process is to provide the student with the necessary tools for locating scientific information and applying it in order to find a solution to a research problem. Before starting working with master's thesis, the student must have completed sufficient amount of studies in his/her major subject in order to be able to independently choose the focus area of the thesis.
Working with master's thesis takes two terms. At its best, the master's thesis is a productive and advanced study in the problematics of a specific subject matter. The process involves a set number of compulsory seminar group meetings, since a fundamental part of the learning process is the oral presentation of one's own work and the ability to discuss the works of others. The students can excused from attending the seminar meetings only under special circumstances, and the non-attendances have to be compensated. Compensation work has to be confirmed with the teacher beforehand.
Once the thesis work is complete and bound, the student is required to take a maturity test. The test must be taken in conjunction with master's degree. For the students whose tuition is given in English, the maturity test demonstrates the student's command of the subject area covered by his/her thesis.
Special assignment (Master's Project) - a set of cases
OBJECTIVES: The goal of the Master’s project is to educate the student to analyse and evaluate the use of existing information systems used in private or public organisations.
CONTENTS: Students enter the collaborating organisations in groups. Students are given introduction to WI project work methods, and after that the group performs the data gathering, analysis and evaluation phases, and produces a written document. Project ends with a presentation of the results to the customer organization. The collaborating organisations are supposed to get concrete benefit from the project.
The overall purpose of the course is to introduce the student to basic vocabulary, concepts, and methods of research in information systems (social sciences). The course is designed to assist students in developing skills necessary to design and execute their master's thesis research. The general part of the course covers the following topics: principles and ethical issues in scientific research; research process; different kind of research methods, and principles of using mixed methods. The exercises will cover various issues related to writing a master's thesis, including crafting a research plan, data collection, data analysis, etc.
Philosophy of Science and Scientific Research
OBJECTIVES: The course prepares students for critical and analytical thinking and trains them to question the concept of knowledge. After completing the course the students understand the nature, foundations and purpose of a scientific research process. They comprehend the stages of a scientific research process and are able to do justified choices for formulating a research strategy. The students are able to draft a research plan for the purposes of a Master's Thesis.
The course familiarizes students with the scientific theory building, the forms of scientific explanation, the accumulation of scientific knowledge, and the nature and stages of the scientific research process. The central themes of the course include selecting the research topic, formulating a research problem, structuring the research report, source criticism, trustworthiness, search and collection of data, conduct of conceptual research, philosophical foundations of research, theoretical framework, choice of research and analysis methods, conduct of analysis, and interpretation and reporting of results.
OBJECTIVES: The course focuses on probability theory and especially on statistical analysis related to sampling.
The course covers for example: random variables, probatility distributions, estimation theory and statistical testing.
OBJECTIVES: The course gives the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, prepare, conduct, and report usability tests within laboratory settings.
The course consists of two parts:
A. The students read and take an examination on the book Barnum, C.M. Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set…Test!, Morgan Kaufmann, 2010. Exam is arranged as e-exam (see https://tenttis.utu.fi/ and Moodle for detailed schedule on periods I and III).
B. After passing the exam, the students can begin the empirical part, i.e. plan and carry out a usability test using the laboratory facilities of the Work Informatics User Experience (WIUX) Laboratory. This empirical part is done in groups of two students. Each student takes also part to other usability test as a test user.