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.


The student will have good skills in structuring and solving real-life problems posed by firms and research organizations, based on collaborative work in project teams and the development of operations research models. The student will be able to communicate well through oral presentations and to well-written reports. 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.01.2021 - 04.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ahti Salo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ahti Salo

Contact information for the course (valid 11.12.2020-21.12.2112):

Prof. Ahti Salo (

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:

    Teamwork is practiced in the context of techno-economic projects. Building and application of models. Project planning, execution and reporting. Excursions to companies and research organizations.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The essential course content consists of works towards the completion of project assignments proposed by external stakeholders. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participation in seminar and project work

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours 14h. Attendance is compulsory.
    Project work 115h (170h project leader)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture slides and reading materials. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In addition to the generic study materials, the project teams will be requested to perform systematic literature reviews on their project topics.  

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Mat-2.4177 Seminar on Case Studies in Operations Reserach

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MS-C2105 Introduction to Optimization, MS-A05XX First course in probability and statistics

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    2 Zero Hunger

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The the course will start on 15 January 2021 and lasts until the end of period V.