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 completing the course the student can:

- Define the basic concepts of circular economy and successfully apply them within the field of metallic raw materials production

- Understand the different technological steps of metals recycling

- Systemically link processing technologies to understand the physics of resource efficiency

- Simulate basic examples of industrial symbiosis in metal production from secondary raw materials

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 14.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anna Klemettinen, Jari Aromaa, Marko Kekkonen, 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 students get an idea of a basic components of metals recycling technologies.

    Utilization of secondary raw materials to produce new products by learning the corresponding recycling processes steps including aspects of mechanical pre-processing, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. The students learn to draw recycling processes with HSC Sim program and evaluate best technologies for various recycling cases.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises and group project

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    5 cr = 135 h

    -lectures 24 h

    -lecture preparation, independent study and exam preparation 41 h

    -exercises 40 h

    -group project 30 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be announced at the opening lecture. Some chapters from Handbook of Recycling, UNEP Report on Metal Recycling

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

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