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: 3 - 5

Schedule: 18.09.2023 - 26.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Bruno Dufau Mattos, Tapani Vuorinen, Paula Jouhten, Maarit Karppinen, Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen, Thaddeus Maloney, Mady Elbahri, Michael Gasik

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:

    • Completing exercises related to communication skills
    • Finalising tasks in connection with scientific publications
    • Learning about writing a master thesis
    • Familiarizing oneself with sntrepreneurial mindset
    • Answering quizzes on the topics covered during study sessions
    • Attending the major-specific orientation session, personal meetings with your academic advisor, and major-specific feedback sessions
    • Participating a recruitment fair

    In addition, elective modules (each 1 cr) in specific topics are organised 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:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    A course implementation may be cancelled if the number of students enrolled to the course implementation does not meet the required minimum of five students. In the case of cancelled course implementations, the students enrolled to them must be provided with an alternative way of completing the course or be advised to take some other applicable course.