Time: 3 January – 6 May 2022
Place: Online studies
Extent: 5 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 5
Target group: Everyone interested in the topic
Lecturer: Markku Nikkanen, email: markku.nikkanen@xamk.fi

Credited in degree at Xamk: International Business Management, Master of Business Administration
Area of competence mentioned in Curriculum: Core competence
Enrolment by: 2 January 2022
Price: EUR 12 / credit or semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here .

Please, notice that the fee for one semester will not be refunded, if the combined fees for your chosen studies remain below EUR 175 or you cancel your studies.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please also notice, that
Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Open UAS courses.

Learning outcomes:
You can characterize major global commitments to sustainable development and explain their influence on an industry level. You can create a framework for developing firm’s sustainable growth strategy including trends and issues regarding sustainable future. You can develop an action plan for implementing more sustainable growth strategies.

Contents and methods:
How do international agreements and conventions govern sustainable development and what are the best industry practices for sustainability? How to incorporate sustainability into growth strategies? What are the metrics, measurements, and tools for tracking sustainability? (eg., ISO standards, triple bottom-line, key performance indicators (KPIs), lifecycle assessment (LCA), carbon management)

The course will be implemented as an online course. No contact lectures will be organized during the course. There will be several online group meetings – all further details will be published as the course will start.

As a part of their studies, students complete a report based on their own organisational context. The objective of this research work is to find transformative processes towards sustainability inside a firm/organisation.

A detailed curriculum will be presented prior to the course online via Learn. There will be two separate research projects, which the students complete individually.

The course covers 5 ECTS credits, totalling 135 hours of student work. The number of hours is theoretical and varies according to student effort.

Study material:
Course material and literature will be announced later.

Student can

  • find, study, produce and evaluate critically multidisciplinary data in their field of expertise.
  • solve demanding problems in research, development and innovation
  • be responsible for operations and develop them independently.
  • evaluate different strategic approaches and justify their use in terms of management and development.


Transcript of records will be delivered by request by email in PDF form

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
You can cancel your enrolment free of charge 30 days before the course starts. If you have not cancelled by the due date, we will charge the full cost of the course. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive an invitation by email to this course.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example.

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