Thesis Process 

Bachelor's Degree in International Business 

During studies preceding the thesis students will become conversant with the principles of research and development activity. Students who have accomplished studies prior to the thesis should possess the basic competence to carry out a university level thesis. Such competence includes skills in critical thinking, sufficient basic skills and knowledge concerning the main topic of the thesis and sufficient methodological and research skills. The nature of the task involved in the thesis will emphasise either research skills or knowledge and skills in development operations.

The thesis requires the ability to carry out systematic and long-term research or development work. It emphasises analysis, critical thinking (critique of sources, self-criticism), logical thinking and the ability to justify decisions, solutions and choices. In order to complete your thesis you will require the ability to search for and use existing knowledge and to evaluate your own work as well as good oral and written communication skills.

The thesis process progresses in stages. It is natural that the thesis topic is practical and concrete while its completion will require close collaboration with the world of work and useful results.

The aim of the thesis is to develop and provide a demonstration of students’ skills in applying knowledge and skills to practical expert tasks linked to their professional studies (Decree 1129/2014). In order to achieve this, the thesis authors must be able to recognise their own skills, their need to develop and as well as finding a topic suitable to a practical task requiring expertise in a specific field. The main feature of theses completed at universities of applied sciences is their connection with the practicalities of work and business.

Choosing your Topic

The thesis is worth 15 credits. It includes independent work by the student, participation in thesis seminars and discussions with the supervisor. 

It is recommended that you actively try to find a thesis topic from your work or practical training place. Different departments at KAMK may also offer thesis topics so discuss with the thesis supervisor about the different options. When the thesis is commissioned by an external body, the commissioning company or organisation appoints also a thesis supervisor.

The thesis is usually completed on an individual basis, sometimes in pairs. Theses completed by several students can form part of a larger subject area. When students do their thesis in pairs they must demonstrate their own individual skills and contribution in the actual completion of the work.

Once the topic has been approved, you should fill in the Thesis follow-up form in Intranet (For Students > Thesis) to access the related forms. The next step involves a discussion of your chosen topic between you, the theses co-ordinator and/or your thesis supervisor (if known), and the commissioning party. Your topic must be approved by the co-ordinator and the commissioning party. The aim of the discussion is to clarify the objectives, aim and schedule of your thesis.

A supervising teacher is appointed to supervise your thesis. If your thesis is part of a scheme or project the person/teacher in charge of the project is also the thesis supervisor. The theses co-ordinator appoints your thesis supervisor according to the thesis subject area, taking into account available supervision resources.

Completing the thesis involves independent work and students are responsible for getting their own work done and keeping to schedule. Students must also request supervision themselves and supervision is mainly provided in the form of co-operation between the supervising teacher and commissioning party. It is necessary to prepare carefully for supervision sessions. Students should provide their supervisors with a written paper version of their work so far and a list of questions/issues that they wish to discuss during the supervision session well before the meeting. During the first supervision meeting you will discuss supervision procedure and the responsibilities and duties involved in thesis process.

Planning Your Thesis
After the subject analysis phase (form available in intranet > For Students > Studying > Thesis) you must compile a written Thesis Plan according to KAMK instructions.  You must also attend the information retrieval workshop organised by the Library. 

The compilation of your thesis plan involves knowledge of the literature/material available on your chosen thesis topic area. You must present your completed plan at a Thesis Plan Presentation Seminar that has been agreed with your supervisor. You must also be familiar with one other student’s thesis plan and be prepared to comment it in the role of opponent. If necessary, you will be asked to alter or make additions to your thesis plan.

Your thesis plan must be approved by your supervising teacher and commissioning body/client. Then you must write a Commissioning Agreement together with the commissioning party concerning the completion of your thesis and send a copy of the agreement’s front page to your supervising teacher.

In addition to your own thesis plan presentation seminar it may be a good idea to attend thesis (plan) presentations if available, to have an idea how it works. The seminars are also group supervision sessions with your supervising teacher.
Completing your Thesis and Reporting
Your thesis should progress according to your approved thesis plan. If significant changes arise in your plan, your supervisor together with the commissioning party will consider the need for compiling a new plan with you.

During the completion stage the thesis is done independently by the student while making use of supervision. During this stage you will deepen your expertise and gain further knowledge of literature concerning your subject area. It is easier to carry out practical, developmental and research tasks (empirical data) once you have written up the theoretical part of your thesis. This also prevents mistakes and missing data when carrying out research.

After the theory part or possibly at the same time if required, e.g. due to the commissioning party, you should carry out the research for your thesis. The empirical part of your thesis may consist of the implementation of developmental or qualitative/quantitative research work according to your thesis plan. If it involves statistics, you will benefit from supervision by a statistics teacher (See also Statistical Data in your Thesis). Questionnaires/interview formats must always be approved by your supervisor and statistical data must be approved by the statistics teacher, before using the forms and collecting material. After collecting data you must analyse and interpret results as well as draw conclusions from the results, evaluate the results and the process. Any statistical data used must be approved by the statistics teacher and you must make any necessary corrections. An entry of approval of the use of statistical data must be made in your thesis passport.

Documentation for the thesis must be done on the Thesis Template according to the UAS written theses instructions.
Presenting, Submitting and Evaluation of Your Thesis

When all the different parts of your thesis are complete and your supervisor agrees, it is ready for presentation. Your completed thesis must also include an abstract completed according to UAS instructions. Once you receive permission to present your thesis from your supervisor you must agree when you will present it and also reserve the appropriate facilities. You can book a classroom at the Taito 1 Building Info/reception. It is also possible to give a presentation on your commissioning agent’s / client’s premises subject to prior agreement. In order to present your thesis you must prepare an oral Power Point presentation of your work and any other material required.

The presentation of your thesis is a public event and representatives of the commissioning body will be present if possible. The presentation should include the central contents, implementation and outcomes of your thesis and its length should be about 30 minutes. After the presentation the audience may ask questions and make comments concerning your work. After the presentation the supervisor will not evaluate your work nor will you be given a grade.

Before publishing your thesis, it has to go through a check for plagiarism. URKUND is an automated system against plagiarism and it is widely used at universities in Europe. Read the Urkund Handbook for Students. Your supervising teacher provides you with an email address where to send your thesis to be checked. Generally the address is firstname.lastname.KAJAK@analysis.urkund.com. The thesis is sent as an attachment to the given email address. Your thesis is saved to a database, where it will be compared to other documents, articles, books and materials in the internet. After the analysis is complete, your supervising teacher will receive a report that shows the similarities to other sources. 

If the thesis is approved the supervisor will give permission for the thesis to be published in the Theseus database. For the theses that are written in English, a language teacher will check the language before the thesis is final. 

It is possible that the supervisor and a second person may require you to make further changes and corrections to your thesis before it is bound. In this case you must make the required corrections and changes before submitting your thesis for final evaluation and binding.

You should also return the commissioning party’s written assessment of your thesis to your supervisor when you submit your thesis for evaluation. The form is available on your thesis follow-up form in intranet (For Students > Thesis).

Your thesis supervisor and a second evaluator with provide a written assessment of your thesis (grades 1 – 5). Evaluation and assessment is described in more detail in assessment background.

Maturity Test

After presenting your thesis you must take a maturity test, that is an essay related to your bachelor's thesis demonstrating your familiarity with the field of study. The maturity test is written on the general exam dates. Students should register for the maturity test by filling in the registration form (intranet > For Students > Forms). Agree on a suitable date with your supervisor, but a minimum of two weeks before graduation.

The thesis involves a compulsory maturity test. According to the university of applied sciences decree (1440/2014) section 10 “In order to gain a university of applied sciences' degree students must provide a written demonstration (a maturity test) of their knowledge of the topic discussed in their theses and competent language skills (in either Swedish or Finnish)”. For students who've received their basic education abroad in another language than Finnish or Swedish, will write their maturity test in English. Please note that Finnish students who write their thesis in English, still write their maturity test in Finnish. 

The supervisor gives two titles in the maturity test of which you select one and then write about it. The maturity test will be evaluated both for content and language. The grade is passed / failed. It is possible to retake a maturity test. 

Maturity test instructions

The final things

After the thesis is in the final stage, and you the name of your work will no longer change, send it by email to the Study Office. The name of your thesis will be written on your final degree certificate as such, so pay attention to the correct way of writing the name. 

After the supervisor gives you the permission to publish your thesis, save the final, corrected version to Theseus database and forward the confirmation email to the Study Office.

Bring a loose-leaf (printed) copy to the Study Office. In case your thesis is not published in Theseus, bring two loose-leaf copies. 

If you wish to have bound copies to yourself, take your thesis to the Student Union office (Kaffe Tauko, Tieto 1) for that. 

If you are about to graduate, have a look at the practical matters related to graduation.