Business & ICT

2011 - 2012 curriculum of the Degree Programme in Business Management, BBA

Study structure


4th year

Professional studies
90 cr

Bachelor’s thesis
15 cr

Elective studies
12 cr

3rd year

Practical training
30 cr

2nd year

Elective studies
3 cr

1st year

Basic studies
60 cr

Each academic year (60 cu) consists of specific themes:

  • Own Professionalism
  • Newcomer in Working Life
  • Experimenter in Working Life
  • Becoming International
  • Professional in Working Life
  • Strategic Thinking

Basic studies

Basic studies are the same to all students in each degree programme. Their purpose is to give students an extensive understanding of the completeness of business know-how and a general view of the operational environment of companies and fields of business.

Basic studies are carried out by periods with changing themes whereupon the courses can be integrated into bigger entireties. Students will get abilities to professional and advanced studies. Basic studies furthermore give professional linguistic basic abilities and abilities to use information technology.

Professional studies

The professional studies consist of common and line-specific studies. The purpose of studies is to widen the professional knowledge and skills to such areas that are common to all students regardless their specialisation line. The line-specific studies aim at acquainting students with the central problem areas and applications of their specialisation line and their scientific fundaments.

Elective studies

Studies include 30 credit units of elective studies. By choosing the courses accordant with their goals students will be able to support their personal and professional ambitions. The students have a right to choose courses in their own unit or some other Kemi-Tornio University unit.

Practical training

Bachelor’s degree includes a practical training conducive to professional skills. The general aim of the practical training is to make students apply and evaluate the knowledge and skills they have acquired during studies in the line-specifically central work tasks in practice in a controlled way. The extent of the practical training is 30 credit units.

The students will have to have appr. 90 credit units of studies performed before taking the supervised training. In the number of credit units demanded the unsupervised training performed before the start of studies will not be taken into account. The practical training is usually carried out during the third academic year of the studies either in Finland or abroad.

Bachelor’s thesis

The aim of a Bachelor’s thesis is to develop and display the preparedness of students to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical expert task connected with professional studies. The extent of the Bachelor’s thesis is 15 credit units. It will be prepared from a subject related to the main subjects and the working life. Students can preliminary discuss the theme already during their practical training; the University gets assignments from the working life and the projects of the R&D Department of the school also offer interesting themes for a Bachelor’s thesis.

The students will be able to start preparing their Bachelor’s theses after performing adequately studies in several subjects and completing their practical training, altogether appr. 150 credit units. They have to have a sufficient knowledge of and skills in research methodology and project work.

The progress of the work from a theme initiative to a complete Bachelor’s thesis is described in detail in the Instructions for preparing a Bachelor’s thesis; students will have a right to get instruction in different stages of the work. A Bachelor’s thesis can be written either in Finnish, Swedish or English or in some other language related to the curriculum of the degree programme when agreed upon. For graduation students will also have to prepare a maturity test in the field of their Bachelor’s thesis.

A Bachelor’s thesis will be assessed by the instructor(s) and the committant on a scale from 1 - 5. The final assessment will be done by the Research Group of the department. The assessment grounds are given in the Instructions for preparing a Bachelor’s thesis.


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