Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.01.2019 - 10.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Leena Lankoski

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Responsible teacher

Name: Leena Lankoski (


Other teachers

Name: Armi Temmes (

Name: Mikko Jalas (

Name: Samuli Patala (

Name: Patrick Shulist (

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period III-IV (2018-2019), Töölö campus
Period III-IV (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course summarizes the skills-related learning outcomes of the whole Creative Sustainability programme, including outcomes in the areas of problem solving, project management, systems thinking, design thinking, and combining sustainability knowledge with business knowledge in an international and multidisciplinary context, as well as communications and team working skills.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

During the course students work in multidisciplinary teams towards finding creative solutions to real-life social and environmental challenges brought by partner organizations, which can be business enterprises, NGOs, or public organizations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students analyze the client’s sustainability challenge, develop solutions for it, and report the work orally and in written form according to the needs of the client. The group members are expected to work intensively together during the course and they will also be meeting the representatives of the client organizations. There will be some contact sessions for the whole class as well as tutorial sessions to guide the groups during their projects.

Assignments 100%

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Grading elements


For each team

Final oral presentation

max. 20

Final report (in format specified with the client)

max. 60

For each individual student

Contribution to teamwork (assessed by team members)

contribution coefficient applied to the total of teamwork points

Learning diary

max. 20

Course feedback

compulsory to submit but will not be graded

 Detailed instructions for the assignments will be made available in the MyCourses site of the course.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact sessions and tutorials 17 h
Project work 143 h
Total 160 h (6 ECTS)

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Contact sessions

15 h


2 h

Team work

130 h (10 h / week)

Learning diary

12 h

Peer contribution assessment, course feedback

1 h


160 h (6 ECTS credits)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Each group will identify specific readings as required for the successful completion of their project.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

One of the elective courses of Creative Sustainability program or similar proof of knowledge on sustainability.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi in early December.
In addition, a motivation letter is required to apply to the course (instructions on the MyCourses homepage of the course).

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The students are selected to the course in the following priority order:
1. CS students to whom the course is compulsory
2. Other CS students
3. MIB students
4. Other students

Attendance in the contact sessions is mandatory.

Credit transfer and capstone course

Students can, on legitimate grounds (Eg. exchange studies abroad, serious illness; however, working life and its restraints are not considered legitimate reasons not to complete the capstone course), apply for a credit transfer for a capstone course. However, as a deviation from the common process of credit transfer at the School of Business, the application for credit transfer must be submitted before completing the course represented to substitute the capstone course at the School of Business. The credit transfer should be applied for according to the credit transfer instructions depicted at Into: Based on the credit transfer application, the teacher in charge of the capstone course will decide whether the learning goals for the capstone course can be fulfilled by completing the course the student has represented to substitute the capstone course. The substituting course cannot be a School of Business course.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Project descriptions are made available via MyCourses during November 2018. Students need to apply to the course by 10.12.2018 via Oodi and also submit a more detailed application in MyCourses by this same date. The purpose of the admission procedure is to ensure that the course will have participants who come from a variety of backgrounds and who are highly committed to working on the projects and learning from them. All applicants will be informed by 20.12.2018 whether they have been admitted to the course. Participating organizations as well as students will sign a contract on rights and responsibilities in the beginning of the course.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Preliminary schedule; adjustments are possible. Participation in the contact sessions is mandatory. Course hours that are reserved in Oodi but during which there is no contact session may be used for client meetings, team meetings, or tutoring sessions. Also the classroom is available for student teams during those hours.



Date and time

Contact session



8.1.2019, 9.15-12



15.1.2019, 9.15-12

Meeting the clients


22.1.2019, 9.15-12



29.1.2019, 9.15-12



5.2.2019, 9.15-12

Problem framing presentations by teams


12.2.2019, 9.15-12


exam week

(no date, no classroom)




26.2.2019, 9.15-12



5.3.2019, 9.15-12

Solution concepts workshop for teams*

3 (Tanzania field trip)

12.3.2019, 9.15-12


4 (Tanzania field trip)

19.3.2019, 9.15-12



26.3.2019, 9.15-12



2.4.2019, 9.15-12

Final presentations by teams

exam week

(no date, no classroom)

Written deliverables due

*This element different for the Tanzania team


Registration and further information