Courses Open Science Doctoral Course

69990-E Open Science Doctoral Course , 1 sp

Doctoral studies
Teaching language
Course description

The course is designed as an introduction to Open Science principles and practices. Students learn the main concepts, objectives, benefits, and challenges of Open Science. Students prepare themselves to integrate the key principles of Open Science into their research life in order to improve the visibility and impact of their research.
The course is aimed at doctoral students in all fields, particularly suitable for doctoral students at the initial phase of their doctoral studies.
The course can be taken by doctoral students both in Helsinki and Vaasa.

Learning Goal

You have the knowledge of key principles of Open Science and skills to practice Open Science in your own research.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • identify key principles, benefits and barriers of Open Science
  • choose from different options of Open Access and be aware of their benefits and challenges
  • outline Open Data and relevant practices and policies
  • define the Open Research Process
  • explore different ways to improve your visibility and impact

The course is taught online. After registration in WebOodi, you will be sent an enrolment key to log in a few days before the course commences.

Total Student Workload

27 hours divided into
Scheduled contact hours: 0h
non-scheduled work: 27 h
Online discussion: 2 h
Online exercises: 2 h
Independent reading work: 13 h
Individual assignment: 10 h

Recommended Time of Performance

Particularly suitable for doctoral students at the initial phase of their doctoral studies.


Online exercises 10%
Written assignment 90%
The course completion requires:
• reading online learning materials and watch videos,
• completing online quizzes and exercises,
• participating actively in online discussion forum, and
• uploading a written assignment into Moodle.
The written assignment comprises two parts:
1. Learning diary (4 pages, each page on your comprehension of Open Science, Open Access, Open Data and Open Research Process, respectively);
2. Personal reflection on how you have applied, or will apply, the key principles of Open Science to your research life (1 page).
Format your assignments with Times New Roman, 12 font size, 1.5 line spacing and normal margins.
The work is graded with Pass/Fail.

Course literature consists of book chapters, scientific articles (max 100 pages), and web-based material. All literature for the course is available on the course platform in e-format.