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.


This course equipes you for systematical and well-planned master's studies and develops your transfearable skills.

After the course you will be able to

  • Reflect and identify your strengths and development needs in academic skills tms. such as studying methods, self-leadership techniques.
  • Develop your transfearable skills based on your own reflection.
  • Map and analyse interests and motivation factors for creating and maintaining a meaningful and motivational study plan (and later a career plan).
  • Plan and make justified choices for reaching study-related goals and career opportunities.
  • Recognize the main steps of the master's thesis process and plan the process further.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 04.09.2023 - 21.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jenni Tulensalo, Anouar Belahcen, Eeva Halonen

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 consists of themes which aim to enhance students' academic capabilities. Themes include study and career planning as well as themes related to learning and studying skills and self-leadership skills.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course consists of individual assignments where the completion methods vary depending on students' assignment choices.

    Common assignments to all:

    • Self-assessment, beginning of the course (written assignment)
    • Essay assignment
    • Master's thesis review

    Elective assignments (students choose 2 out of seven options)

    • Some assignments consist of independent work without contact teaching, some include compulsory attendance in one or two sessions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course is graded pass/fail. Attendance and submission of assignments is compulsory in all parts of the course.



  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of two lectures, written assignments (including reading materials) and workshops, depending on the assignments chosen by the student.

    Contact hours 4-12 h (depending on assignment choices)

    Individual learning 69-77 h

  • applies in this implementation

    - Self-assessment, beginning of the course, 0,25 op
    - Essay assignment, the impact of an electrical engineer in society, 1,5 cr
    - Elective assignments, 2 x 0,5 op
    - Master's thesis review and end of course self-assessment, 0,25 cr


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Course materials are listed in the assignment instructions.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

  • applies in this implementation

    The possible use of AI technologies in the course follows the general Aalto guidelines on the topic: "AI-generated text cannot be presented as is as the student's own written response. The student is obligated to follow academic writing practices. The student is obligated to describe how, what and/or why AI-based technology has been used to do the learning task, if applicable."