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Topic outline

  • The course is organised totally online using Zoom and Ms Teams.

    Below you can find the preliminary schedule for the course with an overview of the themes covered, and all the learning tasks included in the course. 

    NOTE: the 1st reading task will be delivered already during the first session 28 Oct -> Prepare to read an article during 28-29 Oct so that you are able to teach it to others on Friday 30th Oct.

    Preliminary timetable 

    The course applies student-centered and outcomes-based teaching and learning = the tasks and assignments are planned to address the intended learning outcomes (ILO) of the course, and the assessment is based on how well you perform in these exercises, and how actively you attend the contact sessions. The contact sessions are not compulsory (except for 18th Nov concept map tutoring and final seminar 9 Dec), BUT due to reflective and participatory teaching methods, attendance is highly recommended (you will also earn points from attendance). 

    All the tasks and assignments need to be submitted to pass the course. Submission after due date decreases your grade. The evaluation criteria and grading of the course will be presented during the first contact session 28 Oct and the same information can be found afterwards in the session slides.


    Preliminary timetable (= changes possible/probable)

    Wed 28.10. 13.00 - 16.00
    • Introduction to the course
    • Delivery of the 1st individual reading task 
    • Introduction to concept map assignment

    Fri 30.10 9.00 - 12.00

    Theme: Sustainability science and policies

    • Lecture + analysis and discussion on the 1st reading task
    • Forming the course groups
    • Delivery of the Tasks 1-2

    Wed 4.11. 13.00 - 16.00

    Theme: Sustainability indicators & regulations

    • Lecture on indicators & life cycle thinking
    • Independent online session on environmental regulations

    Fri 6.11.  9.00 - 12.00
    Theme: Measuring sustainability
    • Presentations relating to Task 2

    Wed 11.11. 13.00 - 16.00 

    Theme: LCA / rebound effect

    • Introductory lecture: Guest lecturer Juudit Ottelin / Aalto
    • Delivery of Task 3

    Fri 13.11. 9.00 - 12.00

    • Delivery of EIA Individual task: pre-reading for the Quiz (on 18th Nov)
    • Life cycle thinking & value chain: real-life cases. Guest lecturer Outi Ugas / Positive Impact

    Wed 18.11. 13.00 - 16.00
    Theme: Environmental impact assessment

    • EIA Quiz
    • Guest lecturer: Leading expert Karoliina Jaatinen / Afry Oy
    • Delivery of EIA Group Task (Task 4)

    Fri 20.11. 9.00 - 12.00 no contact session

    Wed 25.11. 13.00 - 14.15
    • Delivery of Task 5 (~13.00-13.15)
    • Concept map assignment check point (~15min/group at ~13.15-14.15)

    Fri 27.11. 9.00 - 12.00
    • Task 4 (EIA) presentations and wrap-up

    Wed 2.12. 13.00 - 16.00
    Societal impact and corporate responsibility
    • Guest lecturer: sustainability manager Lars Maura / Siemens

    Fri 4.12.  9.00 - 12.00

    Final Seminar, compulsory attendance:

      • Wrap up of Task 5
      • Course feedback & synthesis discussion

      Wed 9.12. & Fri 11.12, evaluation week
      • Time to finalise your concept map

  • Not available unless: You are a(n) Student

    On this page you’ll find information on the online practicalities of the course. A more general guide with more information by Aalto can be found here.

    All sessions will be held in the same zoom-link:, unless otherwise specified in course announcements. 

    1. Zoom

    Activate your Aalto Zoom

    By activating your Aalto Zoom account you’ll receive access to a full Zoom license and you can create your own meetings for your group (see later on this page). We recommend using the Desktop App to ensure you are able to participate in breakout room discussions.

    To activate your Zoom account, follow the instructions at

    2. Recordings

    Note that the lectures and exercise sessions will be recorded. The teacher will always let you know when the recording starts and stops. The recordings will be shared only with the students taking this course. If you don’t want to be seen or heard during the recording, keep your mic muted and camera off. There will be a possibility to ask questions after the recording. Even though you are able to watch the lectures later, we strongly recommend you to watch them live as you get more out of them as you can participate in the discussions and you ensure you keep up with the pace of the course. You will also earn points from attending the teaching sessions.

    Note: discussions in the breakout rooms are not recorded even if the main session is recorded.

    Practicalities during Zoom sessions:

    1. Keep your mic muted if not talking
    2. While in breakout rooms, we recommend you to keep your video on when possible
    3. If you have questions, use the raise hand -action, chat or unmute your mic. In exercise sessions, use raise hand -action to ask for help (you will be directed to a breakout room when the teacher or assistant is available to help you)

      Using the raise hand -action
      1. Click the Participants button.

      2. Click one of the icons to raise hand or provide feedback. Remember to click the icon again to remove it.
      Note: You can only have one icon active at a time.

    Tips and tricks for Zoom

      • Using the Zoom chat: Click Chat in the meeting controls. This will open the chat on the right. You can type a message into the chat box. From the drop down next to To:, you can choose to whom to send a message (all, or specific person)
      • You can change the view mode between a speaker view and gallery view with the option in the right top corner of the zoom screen
      • When someone is sharing a screen in Zoom, you can see both the video and the screen simultenously by clicking View options (typically on top of the screen) and then selecting there Side-by-side mode. (You can then also enlarge/shrink those two screen as you wish by adjusting the bar in between them.
      • How to successfully present your powerpoint in Zoom: select your entire screen to share (not just powerpoint), or select from powerpoint presentation display’s mode: duplicate screen, or if using multiple screens, start the presentation in Powerpoint before you start the screen sharing and only share the presentation window. You can read more on Zoom's support page.
      • Using the whiteboard: click on the View Options and select Annotate to activate the writing tools

    Creating your own Zoom meeting

    We recommend that you create a recurring meeting for your group, which you can use when working on group exercises. After you’ve activated your Aalto Zoom, you can schedule a meeting either via the web portal or the Zoom client. While giving the meeting details, click the box for recurring meeting. 

    3. Teams

    We have a Microsoft Teams group as a Q&A-platform for the course. To join the group: 

    1. Download Teams App, instructions: 
    2. Open Teams App and click “Teams” (on the left)
    3. Click Join or create a team (up right)
    4. Enter the code d69q662  and you’re in!

    The group has a channel for each Task as well as a general channel. If you have any question, this is the easiest way to get an answer! You can still ask question privately via email but if you think other students would benefit from the question and answer, we recommend you to use the Teams group