Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


This course exposes students to state-of-the-art developments in some specific engineering materials, or processes related to engineering materials, and examines the multicultural technological, societal, and historical context in which materials research and development occur.

During the course, the students will learn to locate and read scientific literature in their field, to critically evaluate it, they will collaborate and discuss with colleagues whose perspectives are rooted in other languages and cultures, and they will become familiar with the format and style of scientific literature and conference presentations. 


Credits: 5

Schedule: 16.04.2019 - 28.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sven Bossuyt

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sven Bossuyt

Contact information for the course (valid 26.03.2019-21.12.2112):

Teacher is professor Sven Bossuyt (sven.bossuyt(at) 

Course assistant is Antti Forsström (antti.forsstrom(at)

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of minimal lecturing, independent reading on a topic chosen by each student, online collaboration, and a student-led seminar where students present a paper they wrote about their topic.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In the first phase, you share drafts with a few other students, who take the role of co-authors. Co-authors are not responsible for the submissions, but they are responsible for giving constructive feedback to drafts that they are provided with in a timely manner. The second phase follows the format of the peer review of a scientific paper: each student will have to review three to five other students' papers. Course staff will assess the feedback you give to other students, and be available by appointment to provide advice if needed. 

    The language of the paper and the seminar is English. For students who are not yet proficient at writing and presenting in English, concurrently enrolling in the writing clinic offered by the language center might prove very useful. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The paper written, the verbal presentation, and the peer review are assessed separately. For doctoral students, more weight is given to the assessment of the peer review given to other students.


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kon-67.4405 Advanced Engineering Materials or Kon-67.4403 Advanced Fracture Mechanics

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KJR-C2004 Materiaalitekniikka or similar knowledge of materials science

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption