Master's Thesis Seminar (ITIS61-GAME)

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ITIS61 Continuing Thesis Seminar, Interactive Media (Pelitutkimuksen ja interaktiivisen median gradupiiri)

The continuing thesis seminar (“gradupiiri”) is 5 ECTS part of ITIS61 course (the starting thesis seminar gives the initial 5 credits) in interactive media specialization, and in Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies (IGS). In order to achieve that 5 credits, one needs to participate actively for at least one academic term (preferably whole academic year) to the seminar meetings, and present at least once (preferably more) times one’s own pro gradu thesis. The presentation can take the form of distributing and presenting one chapter of the thesis, presenting updated research plan, survey instrument, or data analysis work-in-progress. One should discuss the details of the presentation in advance with the professor in charge (Olli Sotamaa – remember to also talk with your individual supervisor(s)). The discussion and meetings in continuing seminar are free-form, and all involve students (and the professor and other supervisors) asking questions and providing constructive comments about the thesis project. Everyone is expected to have read and familiarised themselves with the distributed texts beforehand. Note that a student is also expected to actively seek invididual supervision, utilize learning diaries, blogs or any other means that further the thesis process in her or his case. The supervision timetable is set in the supervision agreement. Professor Sotamaa manages the continuing seminar mailing list, and also provides the study credits (on request, please email when this is needed).

The thesis materials (e.g. one thesis chapter as an online document + Table of Contents to provide overall context) should be distributed to the seminar participants via the seminar mailing list by Monday 12 o’clock of the same week, before the seminar meeting. Note that all files should be distributed as an online document / cloud download / Dropbox link, and not as an email attachment. Also, since there is not time to discuss entire manuscripts in the seminar meetings, there is optimal length requirement of 10-20 pages for the seminar materials.

Thesis Seminar Schedule, Spring 2019

Time: Thursdays at 16:00-17/18 (longer sessions end by 6 pm, shorter by 5 pm)

Place: Pinni B2085 (“Raitaneukkari” meeting room next to OASIS space)

Dates (subject to verification and change during the term):

  • 10/1: Opening meeting
  • 23/1: (WEDNESDAY!): Ying Jie Hor (nyx)
  • 7/2: –
  • 21/2: Ria Gynther, Ville Lindström
  • 7/3: –
  • 21/3: Roope Mattila, Lauri Komulainen
  • 4/4: Juliana Vaculikova, Joni-Tatu Rannanpiha
  • 10/4: (WEDNESDAY): Jerkko Hietanen
  • 2/5: Topias Mattinen, Marko Lehtimäki
  • 16/5: Juho Tuominen

Note that you need to also contact your supervisor(s) personally for arranging dates for individual thesis supervision meetings!