Study guide

This guide has been compiled for students that study at Åbo Akademi University in the Master’s Programme in Information and Knowledge Management. The purpose of this guide is to give information about the study programme, the structure of the studies and services offered for students.

Course structures

Course structure for 2015-2016

Major subject (Information and Knowledge Management) 70 credits

  • Advanced studies in Information and Knowledge Management 25 credits
    • 362000.0 Introduction to information and knowledge management 5 credits
    • 361125.0 Information architecture 5 credits
    • 362002.0 Competitive intelligence 5 credits
    • 361213.0 Information management 5 credits
    • 361500.0 Information strategies 5 credits
    • Academic writing (alternative courses)
      • 903840.0 Academic writing (Level I) 3 credits
        or
      • 903800.0 Academic writing (Level II) 3 credits
    • 362180.0 Master’s seminars in information and knowledge management 7 credits
    • 362200.0 Master’s thesis 35 credits
    • 100009.2 
 Philosophy of science 5 credits (not in 2015-2016)
  • Minor subject 25/35 cr.
    • Organisation, management and marketing 25 credits
      Students are recommended to choose the minor subject Organisation, Management and Marketing (25 credits), which is taught in English. However, students with working skills in Swedish may choose another minor subject (25 credits basic studies or 35 credits intermediate studies within a subject). In addition there are other options for minor subject, see below. NB! Intermediate studies within a subject require prior studies (knowledge) in the subject on basic level.

      • 301031.0 Knowledge management 5 credits
      • Marketing (alternative courses) 10 credits
        • 305191.0 Introduction to marketing, 10 credits
          or the two of the following courses:
        • 305121.0 Intercultural marketing management, 5 credits
        • 305122.0 Intercultural marketing management: seminars, 5 credits
        • 305061.0 Sustainable business, 5 credits
        • 305082.0 INNO58h, 5 credits
        • 305043.0 B2B –marketing in an International Context, 5 credits
        • or other courses approved by the academic advisor
      • Organisation and management (alternative courses) 10 credits
        • 301080.0 Creative Business and the Creative Economy, 5 credits (not in 2015-2016)
        • 305150 Management of Industrial Brands, 5 credits (not in 2015-2016)
        • 305132.0 Supply Chain Management, 5 credits
        • 301035.0 Change management, 5 credits
        • or other courses approved by the academic advisor
  • Optional courses 20-25 credits
    The student may choose 5-20 credits of free optional studies, so that the total amount of credits within the degree is 120. If the student chooses 35 credits (intermediate studies) as minor subject studies the amount of free optional studies is reduced with 10 credits (20 credits -> 10 credits). If the student is required to complete a mandatory language course the amount of free optional studies is reduced with 5 credits (20 credits -> 15 credits OR 10 credits -> 5 credits). A complete list of all English language courses open for all students (i.e. not including some programme specific courses) offered by ÅAU is available in the Study in English guide.

    • Recommended courses
      • 362010.0 Internship in information and knowledge management 5 credits
      • 361118.0 Informetrics 5 credits
      • 261218.0 Information behaviour, 10 credits (the course is available in English)
      • 305132.0 Supply Chain Management, 5 credits
      • 305042.0 International business: a European perspective, 5 credits
      • 361206.0 Information Management in Digital Environment, 5 credits
      • 305043.0 B2B-marketing in an international context, 5 credits
      • 310083.0 Financial Accounting – A User Perspective, 5 credits
      • 361224.0 Participatory information services, 5 credits

Asian programme

ÅAU is a member of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies, which offers a 25 credit minor subject in Asian Studies. The minor provides a good introduction to Asia for IKM students whose career plans relate to the region. Application period for the programme is in September with courses starting following January. All courses are offered online in English. More information about the programme at Asianet website.

Other options

Students can choose any other minor subject available at ÅAU, subjects taught by other universities and higher education institutions in Turku and Finland (using the Flexible Study Rights Agreement JOO, more information at www.joopas.fi), or  by studying the minor subject abroad as a part of a study exchange (information about different options at the Studying abroad guide).

Recommended study schedule (2014-2015)

A recommended schedule of studies for the first academic year of the IKM programme. Note that changes are possible and that you always should check the correct times in MinPlan. A provisory timetable of courses is also available as a pdf-file.

Period 1

  • Compulsory
    • 361000.0 Introduction to information and knowledge management 5 credits
  • Organisation, management and marketing
    • 305191.0 Introduction to marketing, 10 credits
    • 301080.0 Creative Business and the Creative Economy 5 credits
  • Elective
    • 301080.0 Creative Business and the Creative Economy 5 credits

Period 2

  • Compulsory
    • 362001.0 Information architecture and knowledge organisation 5 credits
    • 909970.0 Swedish for foreigners, 5 credits (mandatory for foreign students)
  • Organisation, management and marketing
    • 301031.0 Knowledge management, 5 credits
    • 305121.0 Intercultural marketing management, 5 credits
  • Elective
    • 361224.0 Participatory information services, 5 credits
    • 305082.0 Inno 58 h, 5 credits

Period 3

  • Organisation, management and marketing
    • 305092.0 Project course, 5 credits
    • 305122.0 Intercultural marketing management: seminars, 5 credits
  • Elective
    • 361118.0 Informetrics, 5 credits
    • 361216.0 Health information, 5 credits
    • 305082.0 Inno 58 h, 5 credits

Period 4

  • Compulsory
    • 361002.0 Competitive intelligence 5 credits
    • 361213.0 Information management, 5 credits
  • Organisation, management and marketing
    • 305061.0 Sustainable business, 5 credits
  • Elective
    • 361118.0 Informetrics 5 credits
    • 305082.0 Inno 58 h, 5 credits
    • 305150.0 Management of Industrial Brands, 5 credits

Period 5

  • Compulsory
    • 362180.0 Master’s seminars in IKM (first offered 2015-2016)
  • Elective
    • 361206.0 Information Management in Digital Environment, 5 credits
    • 261218.0 Information behaviour, 10 credits

Period 6

  • Compulsory
    • 362180.0 Master’s seminars in IKM (first offered 2015-2016)
    • 362200.0 Master’s thesis in IKM (year 2, first offered 2015-2016)
  • Elective
    • 305043.0 B2B-marketing in an international context, 5 credits

Period 7

  • Compulsory
    • 362180.0 Master’s seminars in IKM (first offered 2015-2016)
    • 362200.0 Master’s thesis in IKM (first offered 2015-2016)

Period 8

  • Compulsory
    • 361500.0 Information Strategies, 5 credits
  • Elective
    • 305082.0 Inno 58 h, 5 credits
    • 305150.0 Management of Industrial Brands, 5 credits

Teaching programme

The teaching programme (schedules and rooms) for all courses at Åbo Akademi University  is available in  MinPlan. For double-checking the information you can also read the Teaching programme section of the ÅAU website (Google translation of the Swedish website for all ÅAU courses and for School of Business and Economics courses). If information is missing, you should contact the teacher of the course, and if unsure who the teacher is, the amanuensis of the IKM master’s programme.

Course descriptions

Course descriptions are available in MinPlan for all registered ÅAU students, on the web at http://admin.abo.fi/kurser/ and for open English language courses in Study in English guide. Information on the actual courses for forthcoming academic year will be available on the web before the start of each academic year.

Information on studies and studying