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 course the student will be able

  • to adopt the code of conduct of the academic community.
  • to set personal goals for effective learning and skills development.
  • to communicate and collaborate in a multicultural and multidisciplinary learning environment.
  • to identify opportunities for academic entrepreneurship and career development.
  • to work safely in laboratory and conduct the principles of scientific research and communication.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.09.2021 - 29.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kyösti Ruuttunen

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 following tasks are compulsory parts of the course:

    • Life and studying: contents and practices of the master's program, Aalto Code of Conduct, safety in laboratory, personal study plan, academic advising, major-specific feedback sessions (0.5-1.5 cr)
    • Intercultural communication: workshops and exercises (0.5 cr)
    • Tools and skills: information search, introduction to studying techniques and time management, principles of scientific research and communication, analysis of written theses and/or participation in master's thesis seminars (1.5 cr)
    • Entrepreneurial mindset in the context of circular economy: workshops, exercises (0.5 cr)

    In addition, elective modules (each 1 cr) are organised in varying topics (e.g. career planning, time management), enabling the students to receive up to 5 cr from this course (minimum requirement 3 cr).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminars/lectures/workshops/assignments/personal meetings.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures/seminars, workshops, independent work; total workload 81-135 h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminar/lecture notes

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    If student has done any of the following courses, he/she does not need to attend to Occupational Safety part of the course: CHEM-A1200 Kemiallinen rakenne ja sitoutuminen CHEM-A1400 Tulevaisuuden materiaalit KE-35.1210 Epäorgaanisen kemian laboratoriotyöt; KE-35.1700 Analyyttisen kemian laboratoriotyöt KE-0.1100 Kemian perusteet 1

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Spring V

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Spring V

    Course Homepage:

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