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BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Applied and Effective Project Management, Leadership and Communication (5 ECTS)  

A project is a “temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service.” As such, a project may require a unique approach to its management and administration. This course examines the process of applied project management using defined project management disciplines as a means to understanding the day-to-day operational issues faced by project managers. Project management is a cross-disciplinary field with applications in non-profit organizations, governmental institutions, and all types of industry and business. At the end of this course the student should be able to develop, execute, and control a project plan based upon specific metrics for success including the unique variables of differing disciplines.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: KATJOA19
  • Discipline: Business
  • Level of studies: Intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course, the students can
    • Evaluate information appropriate to the project task and from more than one academic discipline
    • Apply principles of critical thinking to demonstrate integrative learning
    • Communicate effectively in spoken form 
    • Communicate effectively in written form 
    • Analyze cultural issues within a global context
  • Working methods: Lectures & Workshop Style Applied Learning

  • Evaluation: Based on Project Plan

  • Teachers responsible: Sonja Bickford
  • Course material: Course materials will be provided during the course.
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Terhi Nieminen: terhi.nieminen(a)uta.fi

Fundamentals of Finance (5 ECTS)

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • COurse code: KATRAA11
  • Discipline: Accounting & Finance
  • Level of studies: basic
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course successfully, students have basic knowledge about valuation methods, basic characteristics of derivatives, and short-term financial planning of corporations. Students understand the role of financial markets in economy and how required rate of return is determined.
  • Evaluation: based on an exam
  • Teacher responsible: John Kihn
  • Course material:
    • Kihn, J., Chunking Finance, 2018.
    • PowerPoint presentations
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact John Kihn: johnkihn(a)elisanet.fi

International Trade and Finance (5 ECTS)

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: KATTAA35
  • Discipline: Economics
  • Level of studies: Intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: After successful completion of the course the student knows
    • Basic Trade Models establishing the basis, effects and gains from trade
    • The link between International Trade and Economic Growth
    • International Movements of Capital and Labour
    • International Trade Policy and arguments for protection
    • International capital movements and the foreign exchange mechanism
    • The economic effects of the balance of payments deficit
  • Working methods: Lectures and written exam
  • Evaluation: Evaluation 1-5
  • Teachers responsible: Fidelis Landy
  • Course material:
    • Appleyard & Field International Economics. 4th Edition (Material presented during the lecture would mainly be covered by this book)
    • Krugman, P. R. & Obstfeld, M., International Economics: Theory and Policy, 6th Edition, 2003, Addison Wesley (or the latest edition).
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Hannu Laurila: hannu.laurila(a)uta.fi

SCIL Lean Service Creation Workshop (5 ECTS)

Smart Campus Innovation Lab (SCIL) offers a 2-week authentic project based, hands on, learning experience. This course will be all about learning-by-doing. You will get familiar with lean, agile, and human-centered principles and can apply them to service development.  At SCIL (http://scil.tampere3.fi) students from various fields, as change agents, and university professionals collaboratively carry out development projects that benefit the higher education consortium on a wide scale.

During the course Lean Service Creation (LSC) tools are used. LSC is a design process, set of tools, and handbook that combine the best practices of service design thinking, lean startup, and agile development. LSC is an effective and efficient method for the design and implementation of new products and services. LSC is developed by Futurice Ltd. For more information about LSC: http://leanservicecreation.com.

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: NN00DM15-3001

  • Discipline: Business development, interdisciplinary

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Learning outcomes: After successful completion of the course, the participant knows the basics of creating a concept that meets a selected objective and related real user needs:

    • How to formulate an objective that is aligned with your mission & strategy and can be measured with concrete key metrics

    • The basics of customer grouping and how to gather user insight with interviews

    • The basics of brainstorming and how to crystallize a selected idea sets into a concept description and value proposition
    • How to plan customer engagement in advance
    • How to test and validate a concept and its value proposition
    • In addition:
    • How to apply design thinking and agile principles to the creation of new services or products and improvement of existing ones
    • How to constantly improve teamwork and communication
    • How to bring customer value into everyday work
    • Gain valuable experiences from interdisciplinary teamwork and agile project methods
  • Evaluation: Other (peer-assessment, process and outcomes of innovation challenge)

  • Teacher responsible: Jussi Hannunen, jussi.hannunen(a)tamk.fi / Clementine Arpiainen, clementine.arpiainen(a)tamk.fi

  • Course material: Choice of relevant literature, including but not limited to:

    • Sarvas, R., Nevanlinna, H. & Pesonen, J. (2017). Lean Service Creation. https://leanservicecreation.com/material/LSC%20Handbook%201.82.pdf

    • Osterwalder, A. & Pigneur, Y. (2010). Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers.

    • Maurya, A. (2012). Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works.

    • Kotter, J. & Rathgeber H. (2006). Our Iceberg is Melting.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-15

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Jussi Hannunen: jussi.hannunen(a)tamk.fi

Team Leadership (5 ECTS)

The course gives the participants introduction to dialogue in practice and in theory, elements of effective team leadership, team life-cycle, liminal and systems thinking in the context of teamwork, as well as basic skills in building resilient teams and an experience of participating in a hands-on innovation challenge using lean methodology.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: KATJOA19

  • Discipline: Business Administration / Interdisciplinary

  • Level of studies: Basic / intermediate

  • Learning outcomes: After succesful completion of the course the participant...

    • Understands the significance of dialogue for effective teams and is able to practice dialogue in various study and working life contexts.

    • Is able to facilitate dialogue on shared values and vision to empower the team.

    • Understands the typical team life-cycle and important phases from the team leader's perspective.

    • Is able to apply liminal and systems thinking on a basic level when working in teams.

    • Understands the basic elements of resilience in teams and individuals and how they are strengthened.

    • Is able to take part in an innovation challenge using methods of lean product development.

  • Evaluation: other (peer-assessment, process and outcomes of innovation challenge)

  • Teacher responsible: Timo Nevalainen

  • Course material: Choice of relevant literature, including but not limited to: 

    • Gray, D. (2016). Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think.

    • Isaacs, W. (1999). Dialogue: The Art Of Thinking Together.

    • Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations.

    • Laloux, F. (2016). Reinventing Organizations: An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations.

    • Maurya, A. (2012). Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works.

    • Senge, P. (2006). The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization. 

    • Selected articles on team psychology.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Timo Nevalainen: timo.nevalainen(a)tamk.fi

COMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER SCIENCE

Digital Circuits and Platforms (5 ECTS)

Power, energy and performance issues in hardware implementation, Understanding C-language implementations of digital communications algorithms. Interfacing hardware and software. Reconfigurable and programmable platforms for Software-Defined Radio implementations.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: ELT-44606

  • Discipline: Telecommunications

  • Level of studies: intermediate / advanced

  • Learning outcomes: The student will learn on the characteristics of hardware and software implementations of digital communication algorithm, and have a working knowledge different implementation platforms, in particular multicore platforms.

  • Evaluation: exam, project

  • Teacher responsible: Sajjad Nouri, Jari Nurmi

  • Course material: Will be uploaded during the lectures.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Sajjad Nouri: sajjad.nouri(a)tut.fi or Jari Nurmi: jari.nurmi(a)tut.fi

Fundamentals of Human-Technology Interaction (5 ECTS)

The course introduces the foundations of human-technology interaction. The course covers design, implementation and evaluation principles of interactive systems, including the most common usability, user experience and experimental evaluation methods and basics of human-factors in human-technology interaction.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: HTIS86
  • Discipline: Human-Technology Interaction
  • Level of studies: intermediate/advanced
  • Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course the student
    • Knows the foundations of human-technology interaction (HTI)
    • Understands the basic concepts of HTI and how they are applied in design, implementation and evaluation of interactive systems
    • Knows the basics of human-factors in human-technology interaction
    • Knows the most common usability, user experience and experimental evaluation methods
  • Evaluation: 1-5; based on essay and assignments, lecture and workshop attendance, and student activity
  • Teachers responsible: Markku Turunen
  • Course material: Online material and scientific publications
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Markku Turunen: markku.turunen(at)uta.fi.

Introduction to Game Research (5 ECTS)

The course takes both theoretical and practical look on games. Although the course focuses on video games, the concepts and methods learned during the course can be applied to any kind of games. The course has three major themes for the seven lectures:

  1. Games as formal systems, game types and different game genres
  2. Usability and playability of games, game user experience
  3. Game design, prototyping, playtesting, and evaluation methods

In addition to the lectures, the course features three four-hour workshops where the theory is put into practice. For passing the course, the student must attend to the classes and workshops, write an essay and complete lecture assignments.

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ITIA11
  • Discipline: Information Studies and Interactive Media
  • Level of studies: intermediate (Bachelor)
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is expected to
    • understand the key concepts of games as formal systems
    • acknowledge the various game types and genres
    • understand the key concepts of game usability, playability and game user experience
    • acknowledge the basics of game design, prototyping, evaluation, and playtesting and evaluation methods
  • Working methods: Lectures on seven different topics, three workshops
  • Evaluation: 1-5; based on essay and assignments, lecture and workshop attendance, and activity
  • Teacher responsible: Janne Paavilainen
  • Course material: Articles and other online material
  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

In questions concerning course content, please contact Janne Paavilainen: janne.paavilainen(at)uta.fi.

Introduction to Programming I (5 ECTS)  

Introduction to Programming I (5 ECTS) is a course for absolute beginners in programming. The course will provide a gentle, yet intensive, introduction to programming.  No previous knowledge of programing is required. The aim is to learn the fundamentals of programming. These include the notions of algorithm, variables, statements, types and control structures (selection and repetition). In addition, topics such as the input and output, good programming practices and strings are covered. After the course the students are able solve small programming problems and can independently continue to learn more Java or familiarise themselves with other imperative programming languages. The course is well suited for both undergraduate and graduated teachers who are required to teach programming, for example, in comprehensive school. The scope and content of the course is the same as those of the High Level Programming I (TIEP1, 5 ECTS) course offered by the University of Tampere.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: TIEP1
  • Discipline: Computer Science
  • Level of studies: basic
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is expected to
    • know the concept of algorithm and the basic principles of programming
    • have gained basic skills in structural programming
    • be able to solve small programming problems
    • be able to write smallish structured programs in Java
    • know the basics of good programming practices
  • Working methods: Lectures and exercises
  • Evaluation: Numeric 1-5, based on an exam and exercise activity
  • Teacher responsible: Jorma Laurikkala
  • Course material: Distributed online via the WETO learning management system.
  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

In questions concerning course content, please contact Jorma Laurikkala: jorma.laurikkala(at)uta.fi.

Introduction to Web Publishing (5 ECTS)

The course presents the general concepts and techniques of web publishing. During the classroom teaching sessions, students follow guided exercises and short theoretical introductions to the related topics.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ITIY3
  • Discipline: Information Studies and Interactive Media
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course students are expected to be able to
    • comprehend the foundation of web publishing
    • work independently to manage online media resources
  • Evaluation: based on an exam
  • Teachers responsible: Andras Varga
  • Course material: online course material
  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

 In questions concerning course content, please contact Andras Varga: andras.varga(at)uta.fi.

EDUCATION & HEALTH SCIENCES

Internationalisation in Education (5 ECTS)  

The course focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of internationalisation in education and explores international dimension of educational phenomena. These topics will be discussed through lectures and workshops. 

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: KASA15
  • Discipline: Education
  • Level of studies: intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: During the course students will
    • explore theoretical and practical aspects of internationalisation in education
    • analyse educational phenomena in an international perspective,
    • learn about central concepts of internationalisation in education.
  • Working methods: seminars 20 h, group assignments and independent work 115 h
  • Evaluation: 1-5 (based on a written assignment)
  • Teachers  responsible: Vesna Holubek
  • Course material: will be provided by the teacher during the course
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In questions concerning course content, please contact Vesna Holubek: vesna.holubek(a)uta.fi

Introduction to Social Circus Pedagogy (2 ECTS)  

Social circus is a measure of intervention based on the combination of circus arts and social-pedagogy. It targets various at-risk groups in order to support the empowerment and emancipation of individuals and assist with participants’ personal and social development by nurturing their self-esteem and trust in others, as well as by helping them to acquire social skills, express their creativity and realize their potential in order to become active citizens. In this approach, the primary goal is not to learn the circus arts, but rather to create social change helping marginalized individuals assume their place in a society. Various studies indicate that the socio-pedagogical and welfare impacts of Social Circus are undeniable.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Course code: KASVAL  
  • Discipline: Education
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the students are expected to  
    • Know the historical background, theoretical principles and practical applications of social circus pedagogy
    • Know  the main competences expected from social circus trainers and the multiple working areas of social circus
    • Plan, provide and assess pedagogically a tentative learning session of social circus
    • Find more research based information on this issue and know where and how Social Circus Pedagogy can be learned more about
  • Working methods: To achieve the learning outcomes the students will:
    • acquaint themselves with  theoretical and historical background  of the social circus concept, workfield and demanded competencies of social circus trainers
    • deepen their understanding in pedagogical approach in social circus training
    • analyse social circus practices presented during the course
    • plan and execute a small performance of social circus and justify the choices pedagogically  
  • Evaluation: Pass/Fail. Continuous assessment, completion of tasks (specific criteria given with tasks), attendance and active participation, other criteria will be given by the teacher.
  • Teachers responsible: Social Circus Trainers Simon Llwellyn and Kamilla Nisso (Sorin Sirkus) and Tea Seppälä (UTA)
  • Scientific director: Tiina Kujala (UTA)
  • Course material: will be provided by teachers.
  • Teaching: Tutorials 20 h, independent work 34 h
  • Min-max number of students: 10-22

Please note! Most course sessions are organised at the premises of Sori Circus (Ahlmanintie 63). The site can be reached from the University of Tampere campus by bus (tickets to be paid by the student) or walking (25-30 minutes). First course sessions will be organised at University of Tampere, and more information on how to reach Sori Circus will be given during these first sessions.

In questions concerning course content, please contact Tea Seppälä: tea.s.seppala(a)uta.fi

Health and the Environment (3 ECTS)

The course is based on alternation of theory and activities in nature. The course gives good view on the possibilities to use nature to promote wellbeing and serves also as an introduction to Finnish nature-culture.  The course suits students from all backgrounds.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 3

  • Course code: 7F00BA43

  • Discipline: Physiotherapy

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes:

    • The student knows how nature and the environment affect physical and mental health.

    • The student is able to use built and natural environments to promote health. 

    • The student values sustainable development and responsible choices.

    • The student is open to bodily experiences of nature.

  • Evaluation: Learning log and essay, active participation

  • Teacher responsible: Eveliina Asikainen

  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

Please note! This course will be held at the premises of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Kuntokatu 3) and the surrounding forest. More information on how to get to TAMK will be provided to the selected students.

In questions concerning course content, please contact Eveliina Asikainen: eveliina.asikainen(a)tamk.fi

ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE

Designing Sustainable Tourism Premises (4 ECTS)

International and multi-disciplinary design workshop for creating sustainable cultural and nature tourism premises in Tavastia (Forssa, Tammela).

Please note! This course will be held on-site outside Tampere, in Forssa/Tammela during 13 - 18 August. The students will be provided with accommodation and 2 meals a day as a part of the course, but the students will have to arrange and pay for their (bus) travels themselves. For more information please contact the teacher responsible.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 4

  • Course code: ARK-81006

  • Discipline: Architecture

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Learning outcomes: Understanding sustainability in  tourism industry. Creating premises for cultural and nature tourism in Finnish national landscapes.

  • Working methods: Field work (7 days) in groups at the site (13.-18.8.)

  • Evaluation: Projects, group work

  • Teacher responsible: Iida Kalakoski

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Iida Kalakoski: iida.kalakoski(a)tut.fi

Introduction to Control (CANCELLED)

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: ASE-1258

  • Discipline: Automatic control

  • Level of studies: Basic

  • Learning outcomes: After the course the student knows

    • the potential and limitations of decision & control both within and beyond control engineering

    • typical control structures

    • connections, roles and nature of control system components

    • PID and feedforward control

    • creation of simple mathematical models in time and frequency domains  and model conversations

    • terms and concepts including performance specifications

    • analysis and minor synthesis on stability, accuracy, transient dynamics and their sensitivity

    • use of Matlab, Simulink, Control System Toolbox and Symbolic Toolbox

    • communication and co-operation on the issues with other people.

  • Working methods: Self-studies before the course, a lecture&exercise combination each day, mandatory Matlab sessions, two Group Works, a Guest/Research Lecture, Learning Diary, Open Book Calculus Exam and Boss Exam.

  • Evaluation: Group works +  verbal Boss Exam + Open Book Calculus Exam + Learning Diary

  • Teacher responsible: Terho Jussila

  • Course material: Notes, slides and work instructions by the teacher, some sections of http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/amwiki/index.php/Second_Edition, Chapter 1 on Modern Control Systems by Dorf and Bishop, e-books available in TUT, scientific papers, Wikipedia, Web-sites of companies.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Terho Jussila: terho.jussila(a)tut.fi

Super Site Specific - Change - in, with and for the city (CANCELLED)

A hands on and “super site specific” approach to topics such as community empowerment, citizen participation and urban planning/design. Learn how to change - in, with and for the city.

The course is interdisciplinary and relevant for students from a wide range of studies - the arts, humanities, social and human sciences. The aim is to discover these specialisations as a part of a complex whole - linked to an everyday in a concrete urban society - and learn how to keep it complex by situated collaboration.

The course will cover aspects from the sensory, the social and societal - linking the spatial and the social by for example combining a design with organisational aspects.

Please note! This course will be held on-site outside Tampere. The course will take place in the city of Salo. First day and registration in Tampere - following days in Salo. The students will have to cover their own accommodation (we recommend Vuohensaari Camping) and traveling costs. More information on how to get to Salo and other arrangements will be provided for the selected students.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 4

  • Course code: ARK-81000

  • Discipline: Urban planning/geography/anthropology/arts etc

  • Level of studies: Basic/intermediate

  • Learning method: Field work (9 days) in groups on-site.

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Understanding and working in  complex urban dynamics.

    • Creating concrete projects that can inspire local change.

  • Evaluation: Essay/Group project

  • Teacher responsible: Panu Lehtovuori / Jens Brandt

  • Course material: TBA

  • Teaching: 15-25

  • Min-max number of students:

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Panu Lehtovuori: panu.lehtovuori(a)tut.fi or Jens Brandt: jens.brandt(a)tut.fi

Tampere Composites Challenge (2 ECTS)

The course is a competition for students to design, build and test a polymer composite part according to given specifications. The work is done in teams and the teams are sorted during the first day. The more detailed requirements for the task as well as the scoring spreadsheet will be sent to the students beforehand. Success in the competition requires application of engineering principles and theory, and effective teamwork. The competition is sponsored by SAMPE Finland and Finnish composite companies and offers students a great possibility to network with the industry. The winners will be rewarded.

Please note! This course will be organised at the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) campus in Hervanta, about 10 kilometres from the Tampere city centre. TUT is easily accessible from the city centre via bus, but the students will need to pay for the bus tickets themselves. More information on how to get to TUT will be provided for the selected students of this course.

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 2

  • Course code: MOL-92236 (Special Treatise on Materials Science)

  • Discipline: Material science (Polymer composites)

  • Level of studies: intermediate/advanced

  • Learning outcomes: Students learn about composite structures, structural design and testing and to apply this knowledge in practice. In addition, students get experience on project working.

  • Evaluation: Other

  • Teacher responsible: Mikko Kanerva / Essi Sarlin

  • Course material: A more detailed description, the rules and the scoring spreadsheet are sent to the participating students a month before the course. In addition, the students are advised to go through theory on composites and structural design. The background of the students will be taken into account when sorting the groups. All materials, software and test facilities needed to accomplish the tasks are provided by TUT and sponsors.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Mikko Kanerva: mikko.kanerva(a)tut.fi or Essi Sarlin: essi.sarlin(a)tut.fi

LANGUAGES

Basics of Finnish (3 ECTS)

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 3
  • Course code: N-KV598F-3044
  • Discipline: Language and communication studies
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course students will have a basic knowledge of pronouncing Finnish, and a core set of vocabulary and expressions needed in everyday life. They will be able to lead brief conversations in Finnish on some of the most common matters and situations related to everyday life (introducing themselves, telling the time, buying and paying, ordering food). The students will also be familiarized with Finnish culture and their new study environment in Tampere.
  • Course content:
    • basics of Finnish efficiently and in good spirit
    • pronunciation exercises
    • discussion exercises
    • written exercises
  • Evaluation: Assessment is based on student’s active participation, a written exam and written exercise.
  • Teacher responsible: Ella Hakala
  • Course material: The materials are designed by the teacher.
  • Number of Finnish language classes:
    • 28 lessons of contact teaching à 45 min   
    • 28 hours of independent studying
    • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In questions concerning course content, please contact the teacher: Ella Hakala: ella.hakala(at)tamk.fi.

This course does not replace the mandatory Finnish course aimed for new international degree students. If you are a new international degree student, please find more information in the curriculum of your home institution (UTA, TUT or TAMK).

Finnish Survival Course (2 ECTS)

During the course, students are acquainted with the Finnish pronunciation and spelling system, the basics of grammar and some core vocabulary. Students engage in pronunciation, sound recognition, and structural and communicative exercises that focus on the topics covered.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Course code: KKSUSC
  • Discipline: Language and communication studies
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: After successful completion of the course students know the foundations of Finnish pronunciation and can use and understand short and simply-structured Finnish expressions that concern some of the most common matters and situations related to everyday life (telling their name, buying and paying, telling the time, ordering food).
  • Evaluation: Assessment is based on participation in the course and the final examination (including listening comprehension test).
  • Teachers responsible: Heikki Kangasniemi (group A) and Tuomas Hoffrén (group B)
  • Course material: The materials are designed by the teacher.
  • Min-max number of students: 2 x 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact the teachers: Heikki Kangasniemi heikki.kangasniemi(at)uta.fi or Tuomas Hoffrén Koljonen.Tuomas.P(a)student.uta.fi

Please note! There will be two groups on this course: group A the mornings (9.00 - 12.30) and group B in the afternoons (13.30 - 17.00). Please see the teaching timetable for more detailed course schedules.

This course does not replace the mandatory Finnish course aimed for new international degree students. If you are a new international degree student, please find more information in the curriculum of your home institution (UTA, TUT or TAMK).

Dialogue: Constructive Talk at Work (2 ECTS) 

The course aims to provide students with such communication skills that help further dialogue in the work place when using English as a lingua franca.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Course code: KKENVAL4
  • Discipline: Language and communication studies
  • Level of studies: advanced
  • Learning outcomes: On completion of the course, the students are expected to
    • be able to use strategies to enhance dialogue and constructive communication at work
    • understand and know how to overcome barriers of effective communication
    • have knowledge and tools to reflect on and develop their own communication skills
  • Contents: To achieve the learning outcomes, students will
    • acquaint themselves with the concept of dialogue
    • analyse the role of language in the context of workplace communication
    • practice strategies of sharing meaning through dialogue in a group
    • develop strategies for dealing with conflict
    • engage in a common workplace task (e.g. negotiating a strategy for an organization)
  • Evaluation: Pass/FailContinuous assessment, completion of tasks (specific criteria given with tasks), attendance and active participation, other criteria will be given by the teacher.
  • Teacher responsible: Mirja Hämäläinen
  • Teaching: Tutorials 26h, independent work 28h.
  • Course material: Will be distributed by the teacher and/or through Moodle.
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

 In questions concerning course content, please contact the teacher Mirja Hämäläinen: mirja.hamalainen(at)uta.fi

English as a Global Language (5 ECTS)  

The course reviews linguistic as well as various socio-cultural aspects of English as a global language, paying attention to both theory and practice. The course has three main aims. Firstly, it outlines the development and characteristics of English as a global language – the variation, change and diversification of English in different regions, societies, communities and settings in the world – with specific emphasis on non-native-speaker contexts. Secondly, the course provides a critical overview of issues around and debates on the impact of the spread of English in the world. Thirdly, it familiarizes students with a range of linguistic and discourse-pragmatic approaches to studying English as a global language.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ENGS18
  • Discipline: English language, literature and translation
  • Level of studies: intermediate / advanced
  • Learning outcomes: Students will have a basic knowledge of the variation, change and diversification of the English language in different regions, societies, communities and settings around the world.
  • Working methods: Participation in classroom discussions and exercises and a course essay
  • Evaluation: 1-5
  • Teacher responsible: Hanna Parviainen
  • Course material: short readings given in class
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Hanna Parviainen: hanna.e.parviainen(at)uta.fi.

MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS

Data Mining by GUHA (3 ECTS)

GUHA (General Unary Hypotheses Automaton) is a method of automatic generation of hypotheses based on empirical data, thus a method of data mining. The course covers the scope of descriptive data mining in general, the GUHA method in particular and the software implementation LISpMiner.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 3

  • Course code: MAT-63816

  • Discipline: Mathematics

  • Level of studies: intermediate / advanced

  • Learning outcomes: After this course, students understand the idea of descriptive data mining and the logica foundations of the Guha method and are able to analyze real life matrix form data by the related LISpMiner Software.

  • Evaluation: Exam and a project work

  • Teacher responsible: Esko Turunen

  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Esko Turunen: esko.turunen(a)tut.fi

Introduction to R (2 ECTS)

R is one of the most widely used software for statistics and data science. In this course, the students will have the chance to become familiar with basic R objects, operations, visualizations tools and programming. The course will have in-class and online components. The online material (more information here: http://www.uta.fi/cast/events/Ronline.html) should be done before the first day of the course or between the two in-class days of the course. The second in-class day of the course will offer the chance to get a deeper knowledge about R and to analyze own data.

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 2

  • Course code: LUOYY027

  • Discipline: Statistics

  • Level of studies: Basic

  • Learning outcomes: After the course the student is familiar with the R environment. Further, the student is familiar with the basic R operations and objects, data exploration and data visualization.

  • Evaluation: Pass/fail

  • Teacher responsible: Paulo Canas Rodrigues

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Paulo Canas Rodrigues: paulo.rodrigues(a)uta.fi

Introduction to Statistics (5 ECTS)

Knowledge about statistical methods and data analysis is of great importance in almost any field of research. In this course, general concepts of statistics will be provided so that the students can be able to independently carry out a small scale empirical research with the statistical software R.

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: MTTTP1

  • Discipline: Statistics

  • Level of studies: Basic

  • Learning outcomes: After the course, the student should be familiar with the basic concepts of statistics, ranging from descriptive statistics to basic inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing) and linear models (linear a logistic regression).

  • Working schedule:

    • Basic concepts

      1. What is statistics?
      2. Statistical research and its phases of work
      3. Population and sample
      4. Types of variables and scales of measurement
    • Descriptive statistics
      1. What is data?
      2. summary statistics (mean, median, quartiles, standard deviation and variance)
      3. Plotting the data (scatter plot, histogram, QQ-plot and boxplot)
      4. Contingency tables
    • Basics of statistical inference
      1. Basic concepts of probability
      2. Probability distributions (Binomial and Normal)
      3. Basic concepts in sampling theory
      4. Confidence intervals (mean and difference of means in independent samples)
      5. Hypothesis testing (mean and equality of means in independent samples, type I and type II-errors and p-values)
      6. Introduction to some non-parametric tests
    • Linear models
      1. Introduction to linear regression
      2. Basics of logistic regression
      3. Basics of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
  • Evaluation: Pass/fail

  • Teacher responsible: Paulo Canas Rodrigues

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Paulo Canas Rodrigues: paulo.rodrigues(a)uta.fi

Inverse Problems (5 ECTS)

The course is aimed for students who need to solve inverse and ill-conditioned problems in their work. The participants will learn how to approach a numerical inverse problem in which the data can be predicted via an advanced mathematical forward model and a priori information is needed in finding the solution. In particular, they will learn about the following topics: (1) applications involving inverse problems, (2) forward modeling, (3) inversion methods, (4) statistical approach and prior models, and (5) computed examples (Matlab).

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: MAT-62006

  • Discipline: Mathematics

  • Level of studies: Advanced. The course will be particularly useful for postgraduate-level students who apply mathematical modelling and imaging methodology in their work.

  • Prerequisites: Calculus courses, linear algebra basics, principles of ordinary and partial differential equations.

  • Working methods: This two-week inverse problems course will consist of ten daily lectures (20 h), four exercise sessions (8 h), exam (4 h) and a project work (8 h). The focus will be on numerical inverse problems which today arise in various fields of science and engineering including, for example, applied physics, biomedical and biological imaging, geophysics and signal processing. The emphasis will be on forward modelling, regularization approaches and statistical methods. Each lecture will consists of both theoretical viewpoints and computational examples. A careful demonstration of each example will be given in the exercise sessions. The methods will be also utilized in the project work. Matlab will be used as the programming platform.

  • Evaluation: Exam, exercises and project work

  • Teacher responsible: Sampsa Pursiainen

  • Course material: Jari Kaipio and Erkki Somersalo,Statistical and Computational Inverse Problems, Springer, New York, 2004.

  • Teaching: The course will be organized by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling and Imaging.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Sampsa Pursiainen: sampsa.pursiainen(a)tut.fi

SOCIAL SCIENCES

American Government & Politics (5 ECTS)

This American Government course is designed to provide an introductory but also a general perspective on the fundamental principles and philosophy of government. As is evident, emphasis will be placed on understanding the background and nature of American government [at the federal level], the functioning of its major institutions, as well as its relationship with state and local governments. In this regard, special emphasis will also be placed on the theory and practice of American democracy, the political meanings of the U. S. Constitution, the structure and organization of Congress, the executive and judicial branches, the evolution of civil rights policy, campaigns and elections, and the political influence of interest groups. Students are also acquainted with the substantive areas of American economic, foreign, and defense policies.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: POLVOA31
  • Discipline: Political Science
  • Level of studies: Intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: A student who successfully completes this class, should be able to:
    1. Acquire an integrated understanding of the nature and responsibilities of the American government as an institution.
    2. Understand the role of congress and bureaucrats as lawmakers and administrators, respectively.
    3. Understand the role of the Supreme Court in adjudicating and reinforcing the fundamental rights and liberties as granted in the constitution.
    4. Understand the role of individuals, interest groups, and other publics as participants in the democratic process.
    5. Develop an analytical frame of mind and a critical assessment of current/contemporary political issues.
    6. Acquire adequate foundation to take other higher-level courses in American government and politic
  • Evaluation: learning diary, exam(s)
  • Teachers responsible: Dr. Kalu N. Kalu
  • Course material: James A. Morone and Rogan Kersh .2017. By the People: Debating American Government, 3rd Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-0298418.
  • Min-max number of students: TBA
In questions concerning course content, please contact Tapio Raunio: tapio.raunio(a)uta.fi

Comparative Education Policy (5 ECTS)

The success of the Nordic countries' education systems have held the interest of educators and policy makers globally for years. Scores of teachers, principals and legislators from the US and elsewhere have visited Finland in hopes of understanding what it is that Finland does that could be copied and applied at home to obtain similar results. This course explores the goals, structures, incentives, funding and results of various education systems, with a focus on the Finnish and American systems. Recognizing that education systems are complex, the aim is to understand what combination of factors (class sizes, funding, teacher training, teaching philosophy and methods, etc) are most conducive in terms of encouraging and educating the student population. The course will also explore the methodology behind measuring and examining education systems.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: NAM-VI

  • Discipline: North American Studies

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Recognizing the basis and methods of comparing education systems

    • goals, outcomes and construction of education systems

    • comparing the Finnish school system and the North American school system

  • Evaluation: Lecture diary/ critical review

  • Teacher responsible: Tuomo Kuivalainen

  • Course material: Weekly readings (book chapters, research articles)

  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Tuomo Kuivalainen: tuomo.kuivalainen(a)uta.fi

Global Challenges to the Future of Welfare States (5 ECTS)

By taking a historical, ideological, economical, social, political and systems theoretical view, the aim is to widen the perspectives on the effects that global challenges have on the future of welfare states, and teach how to make an holistic analysis of the present and future challenges of the welfare states.  A historical view is taken to the development of welfare states and economic globalization, as well as, to the ideological development of ideas and values and models of welfare states. The European Union's effects to the recent and future development of European welfare state are also discussed. To widen the global view on the challenges, international politics and economy are discussed in relation to challenges of governance of world economic system and world politics.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: POLVOA31
  • Discipline: Political Science
  • Level of studies: basic/intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: The course widens students knowledge on the global challenges of the welfare states. It empowers students in value analysis of the political and economic challenges of the welfare states. As an element of futures studies the students will learn holistic analysis of the present and future challenges of the welfare states.
  • Working methods: The course consist of 24 hours of lectures and 6 hours of seminar where the essay task is handled. The essays are written on a given question (alone or as a group).
  • Evaluation: Exam or lecture diary and essay (alone or as a group)
  • Teachers responsible: Petri Kylliäinen
  • Course material: lecture slides
  • Min-max number of students: 10-50

In questions concerning course content, please contact Petri Kylliäinen: petri.kylliainen(a)uta.fi

Introduction to Experimental Economics (CANCELLED)

The course will introduce the students to the world of experimental economics. Much of the course is devoted to getting to know common experiments, or games, in practice. The students also get to try their hand at running an experiment.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: PCP03/NAM-VII

  • Discipline: Public Choice

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes: The student 

    • is familiar with the most common types of experiments

    • knows how experiments can be applied in the social sciences

    • understands the advantages and limitations of experimental methods

    • can identify strengths and weaknesses of an experimental design

  • Evaluation: Essay, other

  • Teacher responsible: Veera Jokipalo

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Veera Jokipalo: jokipalo.veera.a(a)student.uta.fi

Nordic Welfare Model and Social Services in Transition (5 ECTS)

The course introduces the welfare state and especially the Nordic welfare state from historical and present day perspective. The course provides an introductory overview to the foundations of Nordic welfare state as well as to the main reforms and transitions that are implemented along marketization of the public services. The course consists of lectures, group working, course assignments and a short essay.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: SOSKV1
  • Discipline: Social sciences & Social policy
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: After finishing the course, students understand the general features of the Nordic welfare model as well as its distinctiveness compared to other European welfare models. The course introduces the main argumentation of the ideal of a universal welfare state. Also on the latest transitions of the Nordic model, i.e. marketization of the public services, are contemplated. After the course the students are capable of evaluating the basics of different social policy models between different welfare states.
  • Evaluation: based on active participation, course assignments, short essay
  • Teachers responsible: Lina Van Aerschot & Olli Karsio
  • Course material: Research articles and lecture slides
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In questions concerning course content, please contact Lina Van Aerschot: lina.van.aerschot(at)uta.fi or Olli Karsio: olli.karsio(at)uta.fi.

Peace, Human Rights and Democracy in the Korean Peninsula and East Asia (5 ECTS)

This course will address key issues in contemporary Korean politics, ranging from ongoing democratic reforms in South Korea to North Korean nuclear crisis. It delivers a series of lectures of (1) political history, (2) constitutional reform debates, (3) socio-economic reforms for a more fair and inclusive society, (4) democratic innovations and new forms of citizen participation, (5) resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis and new approaches towards peace & co-existence, and (6) promoting human rights and democratic citizenship in the region.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: POLVOS21

  • Discipline: Political Science

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Students enhance their knowledge and understanding of contemporary Korean politics

    • Students examine key issues of Korean politics and their complex nature from a comparative perspective

    • Students examine how peace, human rights and democracy are interconnected in a specific regional context, while contending normative principles with empirical realities

  • Evaluation: Based on active participation, course assignments and a final essay

  • Teacher responsible: Dr. Hyeon Su Seo

  • Course material: A list of reading materials will be announced.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Hyeon Su Seo: hyeon.su.seo(a)uta.fi

Political Economy (3 ECTS)

Students will learn to understand the basics of economic way of thinking, especially as expressed in the idea of competive markets in both national and international contexts. On this basis, students will get a grasp of the signifigance of economics to a modern liberal-democratic politics - apparent, for example, in interpretations of the ideas of freedom, justice and democracy.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 3

  • Course code: FILA9, FILS1E

  • Discipline: Philosophy

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Learning outcomes: Students will learn to understand the basics of economic way of thinking, especially as expressed in the idea of competive markets in both national and international contexts. On this basis, students will get a grasp of the signifigance of economics to a modern liberal-democratic politics - apparent, for example, in interpretations of the ideas of freedom, justice and democracy.

  • Evaluation: exam

  • Teacher responsible: Petri Räsänen

  • Course material:

    • Räsänen, Petri, "Normative Foundations of Competitive Markets and Their Relevance to Democracy", SATS 2015, 16(2), pp.158-178.

    • Rodrik, Dani, The Globalization Paradox. Why Global Markets, States and Democracy Can't Coexist. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2011. - some chosen excerpts

    • Blyth, Mark, Austerity. The History of a Dangerous Idea. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015. - some chosen excerpts

  • Min-max number of students: 10-12

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Petri Räsänen: e.petri.rasanen(a)uta.fi

Public Sociology (CANCELLED)

In this course we explore the boundaries of the social sciences from the point of view of its public value and relevance. The points of departure are forms of the engaged social sciences, such as public sociology, liberation sociology and activist research. The aim of these approaches is act with the people to improve living conditions, reduce social suffering and increase democratic participation in and equality of the society. The important questions in the course are as follows: Who are the subjects of my research? Who are my audiences? Who are the users of my research? How do I engage with them (how do I interact with them)? What are the effects of this engagement? The course is based on readings (provided by the teacher/facilitator) and small group discussions.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: SOSM6.3

  • Discipline: Sociology

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes: In the course the students learn to identify and ponder the following questions: Who are the subjects of my research? Who are my audiences? Who are the users of my research? How do I engage with them (how do I interact with them)? What are the effects of this engagement?

  • Evaluation: Essay

  • Teacher responsible: Juha Suoranta

  • Course material: Course readings will be provided by the teacher.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-12

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Juha Suoranta: juha.suoranta(a)uta.fi

The Transformation of Global Environmental Politics (3 ECTS)

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 3

  • Course code: POLKVA33 / POMLFCS3

  • Discipline: International Relations

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Teaching: 10 sessions (90-120 minutes) over a period of five business days

    1. Introduction and overview

    2. Analytical framework for global environmental politics from the perspective of international political economy, 1/2

    3. Analytical framework for global environmental politics from the perspective of international political economy, 2/2

    4. Global environmental politics in the twentieth century

    5. Global environmental politics in the twenty-first century

    6. Regime case studies: chemicals and biodiversity

    7. Regime case studies: climate change

    8. China and India in global environmental politics

    9. Beyond China and India: emerging economies in global environmental politics

    10. Conclusion and policy implications 

  • Evaluation: Short essay

  • Teacher responsible: Johannes Urpelainen

  • Course material: Reading materials will be announced during the course.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-15

    In questions concerning course content, please contact summerschool(a)uta.fi