Credits: 3

Schedule: 10.09.2018 - 31.05.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): Course coordinator Jenni Tulensalo (

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I - V 2018-2019 (Autum - Spring), I - V 2019-2020 (Autum - Spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course equipes you for systematical and well-planned master's studies.

After the course you will be able to

  • Reflect and identify your strengths and development needs in academic skills tms. such as study methods, self-leadership techniques.
  • Develop your own academic skills based on your own reflection.
  • Map and analyse interests and motivation factors for creating and maintaining a meaningful and motivational study plan (and later a career plan).
  • Plan and make justified choices for reaching the study-related goals and career opportunities.
  • Recognize the main steps of the master's thesis process and plan the process further.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of three themes which aim at enhancing students' academic capabilities: study skills, study planning and orientation towards master's thesis.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course consists of lectures, workshops, exercises and mentor meetings.

Course is graded pass/fail. Attendance/submission of exercises is compulsory in all sections.


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

Requirements for completing the course with grade pass:

1. Academic integrity workshop:

students admitted directly to MSc in Aalto:

  • attendance in the workshop

Students with BSc from Aalto

  • attendance in the workshop OR
  • exercise submission
2. Learning skills:
  • completion of 3 out of 5 available exercise entities.
3. Study planning:
4. Orientation towards master's thesis:
  • Attending the lecture
  • Completion and submission of 2 exercises
  • Attending a mentor meeting and submission of a meeting report

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 15 h
Individual learning 66 h

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

Contact hours

Compulsory lectures, workshops and mentor meetings: 6-9 h
Optional workshops (depending on student's selection): 4-6 h
Total: 6-15 h

Independent work hours

Common compulsory exercises (online and manual): 10 h
Online workshops and book clubs (depending on student's choices:

The distribution of workload over the teaching periods depend on student's selections from the available options in the Study skills -section.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Lecture slides and hand-outs, online exercises, videos, books, articles, study guides.

Material depends on student's selections from the available options in the study skills -section.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

ELEC‐E0100, ELEC‐E4111, ELEC-E4110

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In webOodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Language class 4: English, may be completed in Finnish or Swedish upon request.

Students of other master's programmes or exchange students can't take this course.




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