Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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, student can

  • understand the basics of group work dynamics
  • make clear and focused presentations, with different styles (e.g. pitch vs. long presentation)
  • understand basics of project management (including the workload and timeschedules)
  • approach ill-defined problems with entrepreneurial mindset
  • understand industrial research and development needs which include also business, customer and ESH aspects

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2020 - 05.11.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jari Koskinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Koskinen, Jaana Vapaavuori

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

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 workshops and a research project. Workshop topics include for example basics of group work, presentation skills and entrepreneurial mindset. The most part of the research project itself is performed outside the workshops: students will work in small groups on a real research or design project, and the group will be responsible for project management, actual implementation and results reporting. Typically the research project is provided by the company and does not contain laboratory work. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Group activities, oral presentations and reflective journal.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Workshops (including mid-term feedback session), project work and final seminar


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handouts, scientific articles.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E5210 Group research assignment in functional materials.

    The new course is always 5 cr. The old course was either 5 cr or 10 cr.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    First year compulsory courses in Functional materials should be taken.

    This course is meant to be taken on fall term of 2nd year.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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