Topic outline

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

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

    Timeline for the course

  • You find the pre-orientation material on MyCourses

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

    Thu 16.9.2021 at 14:15 - 15.45 on campus

    • get-togethers on campus if possible
    • relaxed gathering for students and staff of the major

    Thu 23.9.2021 at 14.15 - 15.45 on Zoom: Course objectives, studying at Aalto, Academic integrity

    Thu 30.9.2021: Career and working life. NOTE! individual assignment


    Complementary material and useful links (not required for this excersice) :
    • Finland Works open online course, 2 cr
      Taking the course at some point during your studies is recommended. You can include the credits (2 cr) in electives.
    • Self-study Career Planning Exercises on MyCourses
    • JOIN.trai Practical training, 1-10 cr
      You can include up to 10 ECTS credits practical training/ work placement in elective studies. For more information see the Sisu and MyCourses workspace of JOIN.trai.
    • many of the student guilds arrange company excursions. This is a good way to familiarize yourself with the distinguished companies and organizations in your study field

      Thu 7.10.2021: Reasearch and Academia

      Thu 14.10.2021 at 14:15 - 15:45 on Zoom

      • Effective Learning and Study skills
      • instructions for the time management assignment
      • Lecturer: Study Psychologist Mikko Inkinen
      • Participant link:

      Thu 21.10.2021 at 14.15 - 16:00 on Zoom

      Thu 17.2.2022 at 14.15

      Lecture on personal study plan and choosing a minor
      Lecturer: Emma Perilä
    • 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: