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.


After the course the student will be able

  • to adopt the code of conduct of the academic community.
  • to set personal goals for effective learning and skills development.
  • to communicate and collaborate in a multicultural and multidisciplinary learning environment.
  • to identify opportunities for academic entrepreneurship and career development.
  • to work safely in laboratory and conduct the principles of scientific research and communication.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 04.09.2020 - 30.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kyösti Ruuttunen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sandip Bankar, Sami Franssila, Sami Franssila, Michael Gasik, Kari Laasonen, Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen, Thaddeus Maloney, Tapani Nieminen, Kyösti Ruuttunen, Tapani Vuorinen

Contact information for the course (valid 11.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Kyösti Ruuttunen
Senior University Lecturer
Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Vuorimiehentie 1, Espoo
+358 50 3442981

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 following tasks are compulsory parts of the course:

    • Life and studying: contents and practices of the master's program, Aalto Code of Conduct, safety in laboratory, personal study plan, academic advising, major-specific feedback sessions (0.5-1.5 cr)
    • Intercultural communication: workshops and exercises (0.5 cr)
    • Tools and skills: information search, introduction to studying techniques and time management, principles of scientific research and communication, analysis of written theses and/or participation in master's thesis seminars (1.5 cr)
    • Entrepreneurial mindset in the context of circular economy: workshops, exercises (0.5 cr)

    In addition, elective modules (each 1 cr) are organised in varying topics (e.g. career planning, time management), enabling the students to receive up to 5 cr from this course (minimum requirement 3 cr).

  • Applies in this implementation:

    For all detailed information on the course, please see the MyCourses workspace.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Seminars/lectures/workshops/assignments/personal meetings.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures/seminars, workshops, independent work; total workload 81-135 h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Seminar/lecture notes

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To participate, the student should be accepted as a student in the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering. Other students wanting to participate should be in contact with the responsible teacher before being registered to the course.