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 completion of the course the student has
- created their own prospective to circular economy and its relevance in the production and processing of metallic raw materials
- developed entrepreneurial thinking from a circular economy perspective
- modeled innovative recycling processes to determine their feasibility and environmental impact
- applied their knowledge to design product/process/service for circular economy, aspects of economic analysis
- worked in a multidisciplinary team

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.03.2022 - 27.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    At this course the student conceptualize the role of a circular economy model for the production of raw materials. The students will work in groups and apply an entrepreneurial mind-set to solve an industry relevant project by developing a new process, product or system design and construct a business plan around it. The student groups will present their projects in front of a panel of experts.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Workshop attendance, workshop tasks, group project and peer evaluation

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Workshops 32h

    Individual studying and reflection 32 h

    Project work 70 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    H. Warrel, M.A. Reuter, Handbook of Recycling (2014) Elsevier.
    Handouts and scientific articles.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students from other schools in Aalto are encourage to participate to the forum, but in that case the teacher will provide additional material to cover the prerequisites. The maximum amount of participants are 40 students and first priority are students from the sustainable metals processing and EMREC.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.