Working life & Entrepreneurship

Presentation about the study programme at the Kick-off infosession 10.9.2014


Responsible person: Petri Ahokangas


Spring 2015

910001S Working Life and Studies, 5 ECTS (in spring 2015 only in Finnish)

910004S Turning Opportunities to Business, 5 ECTS

Fall 2015

910002S Toward Entrepreneurial Mindsets, 5 ECTS

910003S Building Business through Creativity and Collaboration, 5 ECTS ( )

Spring and Fall 2015

910005S Entrepreneurial Field Project, 5 ECTS


Improving working life and entrepreneurship skills is important in every field. You have to be able to sell and productize your own expertise and research results. This five course package gives different kind of tools to be used in building your future. The courses are open for all students in the university, so also doctoral students are welcome to participate.

Doctoral students can include these courses into their required field specific studies, if the principal supervisor agrees to that. Courses can also be taken as extra in addition to the minimum field specific study requirements. You can participate in for example one or two courses, it is not mandatory to take the whole package (25 ECTS).

Timetables for the courses will be updated in WebOodi.

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910001S Working Life and Studies, 5 ECTS

Language of instruction: Finnish

Learning outcomes: After the course the students will have understanding how to analyse and appraise their interest areas, skills and competences, networks and objectives regarding their planned career options. The students will know how to seek work, prepare work applications and prepare for work interviews and prepare a competence portfolio. They will also learn what are their rights and responsibilities regarding intellectual property at work.

Contents: Consists of parts A and B. Working life A focuses on career planning and career skills and competences during studies. It is for students who want to analyse their potential and build competences, knowledge, and networks for their career. The course highlights the role of active learning and networking throughout studies. The course gives the students the basics tools needed for seeking work, writing the applications and preparing for interviews and selection processes in the modern working environment. Working life B focuses on immaterial property rights and their role business. The course covers different forms of intellectual property, IP ownership, and IP protection. The course considers IP both form personal and business perspectives.

Mode of delivery: Online studies and face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods: Self-studying through online materials, online rehearsals, and reporting of the learning activities and exercises through the online system. Following the lectures and lecture discussion and rehearsals.

Responsible persons: Kaisa Karhu, Maarit Jokela


910004S Turning Opportunities to Business, 5 ECTS

Language of instruction: English

Learning outcomes: After the course the students have learned to assess and develop business opportunities, they know the basic concepts related to business context or environment and the factors defining or influencing business opportunities. They will also learn how to build and assess business context specific future scenarios for planning alternative business model for their business opportunity. The students will learn how to build, present and evaluate sales presentations, and how to pitch their business to potential investors. 

Contents: The contents comprise business development especially through business opportunity development, business idea, concept and business model basics and the key processes of strategic decision-making. The business environment and its changes are discussed by using the through scenario methodology. Key concepts of selling and sales presentations, both to customers and potential investors, are covered and practiced.

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face teaching, workshops

Learning activities and teaching methods: The course applies anticipatory action learning as a pedagogic approach. Students will learn in face-to-face discussions and workshops by applying in teams strategic management concepts, processes, tools, and templates.

Responsible persons: Petri Ahokangas


910002S Toward Entrepreneurial Mindsets, 5 ECTS

Language of instruction: English

Learning outcomes: After the course the students will have understanding over the different forms of entrepreneurial activity, and have the skills for assessing the risks and opportunities related to their entrepreneurial career options. They will also be familiar with the key stakeholders around the business creation network. In addition, this course will enhance overall entrepreneurial mindset and attitude amongst the participants.    

Contents: The course outlines what entrepreneurship is and discusses its different forms and roles in society and for individuals in or considering entrepreneurial career options. The focus is on entrepreneurial mindsets and what entrepreneurship calls for from individuals, especially from the “me as entrepreneur”, standpoint through the process where ideas for enterprising are turned into a real business idea. This process is promoted by real entrepreneurs. The students’ attention is guided toward assessing the safety and risks of entrepreneurship, to the different stages in the process of establishing a company, and to the role of networks and supporting services for the entrepreneurial activity. The key processes of entrepreneurial action, such as planning, selling, marketing, funding and financial planning are covered together with the experts’ support in those areas

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face teaching and workshops together with real-life experts in different areas. 

Learning activities and teaching methods: Learning takes place in intensive lectures, visitor presentations, and discussions, workshops and exercises both in the class and at different places with real-life entrepreneurship professionals for example at Business Kitchen and Business Oulu.

Responsible persons: Anne Keränen


910003S Building Business through Creativity and Collaboration, 5 ECTS

Language of instruction: English

Learning outcomes: During the course the students will get familiar with concepts of learning, collaboration, creativity and emotions. They will explore entrepreneurship from the perspective of artistic process, experience and learn the process of artistic creation in teams, experience and analyse emotions; such as uncertainty, frustration, enthusiasm and joy alone and in teams. The students will produce a piece of art as an outcome of the course workshops, and organise and host an art exhibition together.

Contents: This course employs creative collaborative methods to learn and experience entrepreneurship through art. This process enables outside-of-the-box thinking, creative propositions and getting to know multidisciplinary team members through concrete learning by doing approach. Art is used as an illustration, as materials for case studies, and as a place to work and develop business oriented thinking. The art world is a new metaphor to describe our economy based on innovations and digitalization. The participants will learn a creative mindset and bonding of closer ties in teams.

Mode of delivery: Participating in the face-to-face sessions and workshops

Learning activities and teaching methods: Producing a piece of art and presenting it in an exhibition together with others. Reflecting the learning experiences in a personal learning diary during the course. Returning the learning diary latest one week after the course.

Responsible persons: Johanna Bluemink


910005S Entrepreneurial Field Project, 5 ECTS

Language of instruction: English

Learning outcomes: After the course the students have learned to solve in a multidisciplinary team a real-life business related challenge or problem given by a company or other organization. The problem solving process provides the students multicultural teamwork skills, business skills, problem solving skills and communications and pitching skills.

Contents: The entrepreneurial field project is organised within the international Demola collaboration and the project comprises facilitated and supported real-life problem definition, data collection, problem solving, implementation and communication. For doctoral students it is possible to bring their own problem or challenge to the course.   

Mode of delivery: Facilitated and supported project.

Learning activities and teaching methods: Learning takes place during the project as a team learning and problem solving, with feedback from the responsible teachers and problem owning company or organization.

Target group: Open to all. Doctoral students can bring their own project to the course if they wish.

Responsible persons: Mia Kemppaala


Last updated: 1.4.2015