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Industrial impact on topics and types of Master's theses: Empirical study of software engineering theses made in 1990-2016

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Industrial impact on topics and types of Master's theses : Empirical study of software engineering theses made in 1990-2016. / Järvinen, Hannu-Matti; Mikkonen, Tommi.

Proceedings of SEFI 2016 Annual Conference. ed. / Hannu-Matti Järvinen; Robin Clark. European Society for Engineering Education SEFI, 2016.

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Järvinen, H-M & Mikkonen, T 2016, Industrial impact on topics and types of Master's theses: Empirical study of software engineering theses made in 1990-2016. in H-M Järvinen & R Clark (eds), Proceedings of SEFI 2016 Annual Conference. European Society for Engineering Education SEFI, Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, 1/01/00.

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Järvinen, H-M., & Mikkonen, T. (2016). Industrial impact on topics and types of Master's theses: Empirical study of software engineering theses made in 1990-2016. In H-M. Järvinen, & R. Clark (Eds.), Proceedings of SEFI 2016 Annual Conference European Society for Engineering Education SEFI.

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Järvinen H-M, Mikkonen T. Industrial impact on topics and types of Master's theses: Empirical study of software engineering theses made in 1990-2016. In Järvinen H-M, Clark R, editors, Proceedings of SEFI 2016 Annual Conference. European Society for Engineering Education SEFI. 2016

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Järvinen, Hannu-Matti ; Mikkonen, Tommi. / Industrial impact on topics and types of Master's theses : Empirical study of software engineering theses made in 1990-2016. Proceedings of SEFI 2016 Annual Conference. editor / Hannu-Matti Järvinen ; Robin Clark. European Society for Engineering Education SEFI, 2016.

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