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 students

  • can summarise the activities included in the systematic planning, implementation, and management of a biomass-based process industry investment project.
  • can describe engineer's work in a consultancy company.
  • have experience in project work in teams, working with real-life tools for project planning, as well as on report writing and giving oral presentations.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2020 - 11.12.2020

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

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kyösti Ruuttunen

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

For more personal questions concerning e.g. absencies from the course events, please be in contact with Outi. If you have questions or comments on the course coordination, send your questions and feedback to Kyösti.

Outi Suomi
Project Manager, M.Sc. (tech.) 

Afry, Jaakonkatu 3, Vantaa

+358 40 504 3333


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 course provides an overview of an investment project and all the activities included during the entire lifecycle of a project (i.e. from early studies to startup of the plant). These activities include, for instance, process engineering, project implementation planning, implementation methods, contract-, scope-, resource-, time-, cost- and risk management and engineering tools.

    The course includes a practical process design oriented exercise using a real-life project case. A part of the lectures, as well as the practical exercise, is arranged in a consultancy company. The exercise includes an oral presentation on the results.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination and project work. Further details given in My Courses workspace and in class.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr; 5 cr x 27 h/cr = 135 h

    Lectures, workshops, and examination: 50 h

    Project work: 85 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Project Management Institute: A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ®Guide)

    Lecture slides.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students who have passed course CHEM-E0110 Planning and Execution of Pulp and Paper Investment Project (3 cr) should be in contact with the teacher in charge before registering to this course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic knowledge of process industry in the pulp and paper / forest biorefineries area; B.Sc. degree.

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