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 is
- able in figuring out a product life cycle and listing major life cycle impacts
- realizes the role of material choice and material efficiency in sustainable product development
- understands the role of user centred approach in sustainable product development
- is able in finding and critically applying the relevant guidance for sustainable product development
- has improved skills in communication on questions related to sustainability

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.09.2023 - 28.11.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Elina Kähkönen

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

Elina Kähkönen (

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 is based on contact teaching and team work on topics related to the sustainable
    product development.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The grading is based on
    - the teams' work (teacher evaluation)
    - active participation at the teaching sessions (teacher evaluation)
    - activity and argumentation in final debate (teacher evaluation)
    - individual students contribution in his/her team's work (peer and self evaluation)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    8*3 contact teaching session
    3*1 team review with teacher
    4*27 independent team work


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Defined during the course

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    Enrollment : Registration for the course via Sisu (