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 you will be able to

  • reflect and identify your strengths and development needs in terms of academic skills.
  • critically discuss the impact of an electrical engineer in creating a more sustainable future, and understand the basics of ethical thinking from the perspective of your future professional role.
  • identify the key stages and requirements of a master's thesis and plan the start of your own thesis in a structured way.

Depending on the assignment choices within the course, you will also be able to

  • Plan a feasible study schedule
  • Use different study techniques and evaluate your own study habits.
  • Apply critical evaluation on ethical questions in engineering profession
  • Enhance your academic writing
  • Apply creative thinking methodologies in your own field

Credits: 3

Schedule: 02.09.2024 - 11.04.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of themes which enhance students' academic capabilities. In the course you can exercise your meta-cognition both in terms of study-related skills and of more general critical thinking skills. In the course you can focus on study-related skills or on critical and creative thinking skills, depending on your interests or needs.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course consists of:

    - 2 lectures (in September and in January)

    - 4 common assignments to all course participants

    - 2 elective assignments - participants choose 2 out of 7 assignment options.

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.



  • applies in this implementation

    To pass the course, student must submit 6 assignments according to the instructions. One assignment may consist of different parts and attainments. To complete one assignments, all parts/attainments must be completed.

  • 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


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - Spring III
    2025-2026 Autumn I - Spring III