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StartUp School Projects

StartUp School Projects

Code: WOR8HH018 and WOR8HH028
Scope: 3 ECTS (81 h) or 5 ECTS (135 hours)
Timing: 1.-7. semester
Language: English or Finnish
Course level: Professional Studies (or Free-choice)
Course type: Elective (or Free-choice)

Starting level and linkage with other courses
No prerequisites.

Learning objectives and assessment
The student acquires the knowledge of planning, executing and evaluating a project that enhances the StartUp School community or his/her own business case. The student familiarizes himself/herself with project management methods and principles.

Recognizing and validating prior learning (RPL)
Accreditation of prior learning is applied on the course according to separate instructions. Please contact startupschool@haaga-helia.fi.

Working life connections
The key driver of the course is the student’s project that will be coached by an experienced staff member.

Internationality is visible through assignments and participating partners depending on the project.

The student plans and executes a project that supports StartUp School’s or his own business case’s strategy. The student keeps a learning diary where he/she reflects his/her own learning during the project.

Student can propose the project topic for StartUp School. The topic is approved by one of StartUp School’s Coaches.

Learning methods
Depending on the project scope, coaching meetings and individual work between the meetings.

The course is graded on the scale 1-5.  Assessment criteria from GLOBBA Competence Grid.






You know the key concepts within the course’s scope, but are yet to develop the general view and the big picture of the subject matter.

You know the key concepts well and can explain how the theories and models function and the tools are used. You have a general view of the subject matter.

You have a strong command of the key and related concepts. You can critically evaluate theories, models and tools. You can demonstrate explicit knowledge of the subject matter, and how it relates to other disciplines.



You can complete given tasks and assignments with assistance. You need to develop how to apply knowledge. 


You complete given tasks and assignments independently. You apply knowledge in hands-on business related situations. You can critique your own practice and identify ways to improve.


You apply knowledge in demanding business related situations. You can prioritize and critically select tools and methods for solving complex problems in the subject matter.




You demonstrate some ability to perform skills and have basic knowledge, but you have difficulty to manage without assistance.

You demonstrate sufficient ability to perform skills and have basic to good knowledge. You can perform independently, but you have some challenges in passing on your skills and knowledge to others. You have an interest in professional development.


You execute skills with natural proficiency and you have detailed and explicit knowledge. You can perform independently and you are also able and actively willing to help others develop and pass on your skills. You have an attitude of continuous professional development.

Teachers responsible
Please see StartUp School website http://startupschool.fi/who-we-are/coaches/.

Course materials
Tailored according to the case.