Topic outline

  • Timeline 2020-2021 of the course

    This course is for new students starting their studies in the Aalto Bachelor's programme in Science and Technology. The course is offered online via Zoom. As the course is also intended to enhance interaction among the students and the BSc programme staff, some, not compulsory, programme may be organised on campus.

    Participant link to lectures on Zoom

    If you have any questions regarding this course or your studies in general, don’t hesitate to contact us:

    Elsa Kivi-Koskinen

  • You find the pre-orientation material on MyCourses

  • Attending at least three of the lectures is compulsory for completing the course.

    Thu 17.10.2020 at 14:15 - 15.45 in Zoom

    Thu 24.10.2020 at 14.15 - 15.45 in Zoom

    • Topic: Career and working life
    • Lecturers: Ida Rantanen (TEK/Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland), Prof. Luc St-Pierre, Ilkka Anttonen, CTO, Accenture
    • Participant link:

    Thu 1.10.2020

    • Research and academia
    • Data Science and Digital Systems and Design students participate the CS Research Day at
    • Computational Engineering students participate the event organised by the major at 14.15-15.45. The participant link is
    • Quantum Technology No lecture on 1 Oct. Research and academia will be arranged on Tue 13 Oct at 12:15–13.45. Participation link is, Meeting ID: 684 5431 0124. Meeting agenda (pdf).
    • Chemical Engineering No lecture on 1 Oct. Research and academia will be arranged on Wed 14 Oct 14:15–15.45. Participation link

    Thu 8.10.2020 at 14:15 - 15:45 in Zoom

    Thu 15.10.2020 at 14.15 - 16:00 in Zoom

    • 14:15 - 15:00:

    •  15:00 - 15.45:

      • Topic: Changing demands of working life, How to optimize my cognitive performance
      • Lecturer: Pekka Pohjakallio, Hintsa Performance
      • participant link:

    Thu 18.2.2021 at 14.15

    Lecture on personal study plan and choosing a minor
    • lecture slides
    • lecture recording

  • Welcome to ‘Time to Get Cracking’ – Self-study material on time management

    You can start by thanking yourself for taking this step and taking the time to develop this crucial skill.


    Time management and learning to use a calendar sound boring and tedious and are often seen as being in the same category as managing your personal finances. Why spend time learning something like that? Do these sound familiar to you: ‘I know how to plan, but the problem is putting the plans into action!’ ‘I do make plans, but I just don’t have enough time to do all I should!’ This self-study material focusses on these two common issues: having too much to do and having trouble getting things done.

    Time management is not just about taking care of responsibilities. It helps you see what you really spend your time on and why. The underlying question is a fundamental one, maybe the most important question for us as human beings: how do you spend your limited time on this Earth? Your calendar says a great deal about what you actually spend your time on. Does your calendar reflect your values and the things you hold dear? Does it take you towards something meaningful? If not, what do you think should change? 

    See this (6 minutes) clip:

    This self-study material offers you opportunities to:

    - look at your time use as a self-management skill

    - learn to make schedules and stay on them

    - learn new skills and review what you already know.

    Going through this self-study material and doing the related tasks will take you about 3–5 hours. To make the most of it, you should spread the tasks over several days. Reading on time management without taking any action is the same as reading a healthy eating guidebook without changing your diet at all or talking to a personal trainer on a regular basis without ever going to the gym to try out the programme. Please take time to also do the exercises included in this material.

    You can now take the voluntary time management test below and/or move on to the self-study material.

  • What is academic advising?

    An Academic Advisor is a teacher in students own field of study who can support the student with study related issues by:

    • giving general advice on studies at Aalto,
    • discussing study and career plans,
    • sharing their own experience and expertise

    Academic advising creates a link between students and staff so that:

    • students are recognized as an integral part of the academic community
    • We collect feedback about the programme.

    In the first year of studies, academic advising is part of SCI-A0000 Introduction to Studies, 2 cr course.

    Who is my academic advisor?

    You can see your academic advisor from the list below: