Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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 students can:

-devise a research plan with supervisor

-work independently as a member of an academic or an industrial research group

-write a report in scientific style (e.g. manuscript)

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2016 - 20.05.2016

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sami Franssila, Sami Franssila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sami Franssila, Sami Franssila, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Investigation of a functional material related scientific/technical research problem given by the supervisor: student design the work with the supervisor, performs the experimental part, analyses the results and writes a repor in a scientific style. Variable topics offered by responsible teachers.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Individual project and written report: the performance and independency in the lab, ability to keep up with the agreed timetable and the report affect the grade.

    The timetable and more detailed content of the project is agreed with the supervisor of the work.

    However, the work should be performed and final report submitted within 1-4 months from the start of the work and no later than 31st July.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Individual project 135 h (5 cr) or 270 h (10 cr): includes experimental work, manuscript workshop and analsying and reporting teh results.

    The work should be performed and final report submitted within 1-4 months from the start of the course and no later than 31st July.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Scientific articles

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    E5140 Materials Characterization, laboratory course