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 completing the course, the student can:

- rationalize the principles of circular economy and their relevance in the production and processing of raw materials

- create new designs for product/process/service that follows the circular economy principles

- identify opportunities for value-generation from activities supporting circular economy and develop an entrepreneurial mindset

- use models for recycling processes to evaluate their feasibility, efficiency, and environmental impact

- work in a multidisciplinary team

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.02.2025 - 30.04.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anna Klemettinen, Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

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:

    At this course the student conceptualizes the role of a circular economy model for the production of raw materials. The students will work in multidisciplinary teams and apply an entrepreneurial mindset to solve an industry relevant project by developing a new process, product or system design and construct a business plan around it. The student groups will present their projects in front of a panel of experts.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Workshop attendance, workshop tasks, group project and peer evaluation

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Workshops 32h

    Individual studying and reflection 32 h

    Project work 70 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    H. Warrel, M.A. Reuter, Handbook of Recycling (2014) Elsevier.
    Handouts and scientific articles.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring IV - V
    2025-2026 Spring IV - V


    A maximum of 30 students will be admitted to the course. Course is offered to all Aalto students, but preference is given to students in the Sustainable Metals Processing and Sustainable Metallurgical Engineering majors. 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.