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.


Students will develop:

  • Capabilities for problem reasoning
  • Expertise in planning and design assessment
  • Knowledge of societal and environmental responsibilities

Students will demonstrate:

  • Creative-thinking and judgment capability
  • Teamwork capability
  • Communications skills

Credits: 12

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 07.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anssi Joutsiniemi, Antti Ahlava, Pia Fricker, Tuula Jääskeläinen

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:

    The Capstone project brings together students from different backgrounds to work together in teams, contributing their respective expertise and skills to solve real-world challenges. It also provides the students with a realistic task related to the topical framework of the USP programme,  where projects usually span multiple disciplines and require team-based efforts to create a solution. The capstone project is supervised by the USP teaching team and sets focus on  supporting the students to learn in an environment that matches a real working environment. The set-up of the project is a tight integration between research and practice and can lead into a master thesis project. Capstone projects can be in close collaboration with cities, business partners or stakeholders, or can be initialised and set up through a student initiative. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Varies according to topic.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    5-12 ECTS (approx. 27 working hours = 1 ECTS)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Varies in accordance with the topic of the period - provided during the studio on the announced web portal. 

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land


Further Information