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 doctoral candidates will identify some issues that are important to research work and being a doctoral candidate at Aalto University.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 02.09.2022 - 28.11.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Emma Holmlund, Ari Sihvola, Vesa Välimäki

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 course introduces some basic knowledge and skills that are valuable in doctoral studies and research work.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments and active participation in the seminars

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    2 cr = 54 h:
    Seminars 21 h
    Assignments, group and independent work 33 h

    3 cr = 81 h:
    Seminars 21 h
    Assignments, group and independent work 60 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2022-2023 Spring III
    2023-2024 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Spring III

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses on Sisu ( Do registration in Sisu, and submit the preliminary assignment in time. Instructions for the preliminary assignment is published in the MyCourses space of the course. The course is for doctoral candidates of Aalto ELEC. Number of participants accepted can be limited.