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 is able to

  • understand the general context of water and environmental engineering field and its relation to working life practices [knowledge]
  • define the concept of sustainability and understand the scientific, political and regulative frameworks relating to its implementation [knowledge]

  • identify, analyse and solve practical challenges in WAT field from a sustainability viewpoint [skill]

  • apply the knowledge and skills gained from previous studies to a practical project [skill]

  • define the elements of project management and implement a project in a given time frame [knowledge & skill]

  • communicate with project stakeholders and disseminate own results with an entrepreneurial mindset [identity]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.04.2023 - 09.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Meeri Karvinen

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

Responsible teacher Meeri Karvinen, contact preferable through sending a Teams chat.

Course assistants: Osama El Asri and Suvi Ojala

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:

    During the course students construct their own interpretations of sustainability based on given material and joint reflections on the topic. Based on their understanding of sustainability, student groups analyse a sustainability challenge / project related to the WAT field, develop solutions for it, and report the work in written form and orally. The group members are expected to work intensively together during the course. There will be some contact sessions for the whole class as well as tutorial sessions to guide the groups during their projects. Representatives from WAT field will tutor the student groups, and will disseminate the results in their own organisations as a part of their own course work.

  • applies in this implementation

    Spring 2023:

    The main emphasis of the course is in creating solutions to practical challenges in teams, facilitated by mentors working in the field. One team will solve one challenge. Sustainability aspects of the cases are addressed through two workshops on systems and futures thinking.

    There will be no written report on the solution, but the proposals of the teams are presented in the course final seminar as 15 minutes pitches.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course grade is based on group and individual assignments and final seminar presentation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact sessions including tutored group work, interactive lectures and a seminar. Independent studying: group assignments and individual tasks. Totally 135 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Course on Sisu ( A limited number of students will be accepted into the course, with preference given to our own WAT Master's degree students. Other students may be selected based on a Motivation Letter and/or other criteria. The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students enroll in the course.

  • applies in this implementation

    In SISU registration, you are asked to give your preliminary preference for the challenge. The two options to choose from are flood risk management and waste water treatment. The final teams will be decided in the first course contact session.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    NOTE: the first contact session of the course is already on Tuesday 25th of April at 13-16.