Welcome to the WAT Project Course!
In this course, students work in teams to solve practical challenges related to the field of water and environmental engineering. The cases are agreed with mentors from the working life, and the mentors also facilitate the teams' problem solving process. The emphasis is thus on applying previous learnings, and on developing problem solving and project management competencies.
You can register to the course in SISU. The course is mainly targeted to WAT students having completed at least some WAT advanced courses before this course. Other than WAT students can write a motivation letter in SISU to apply to the course. The amount of students that can be accepted is limited and depends on the number of cases available each year.
The course runs in the period V. There are five compulsory contact sessions in the course @Water Building 286:
- The first workshop (course start, forming the teams): Tuesday 25 April at 13-16.
- Second workshop: presenting the cases, meeting the mentors, starting with project planning: Thursday 27 April 9-12
- Workshops 3-4: two 3-hour workshops during the first weeks on sustainability and future's thinking (times to be confirmed)
- The last workshop is the final seminar of the course: Thursday 8 June 9-12.
Apart from these sessions, the course work is done in teams and thus the working/meeting times can be planned according to each team members' and mentors' schedules.
This spring the confirmed course partners include The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Häme ELY Centre, HSY, and Ramboll, and the cases are related to flood risk management and waste water treatment. (NOTE: the ELY Centre case one needs to utilize material that can unfortunately be found only in Finnish - therefore, the team for this case will need to have mostly students capable of reading Finnish. Other cases are equally suitable for all the students.)
In the registration, you are asked about your preliminary preferences for the case. The course teams will be formed during the first teaching session on Tue 25 April, and the teams' cases will be agreed after that.
This is the first implementation of the WAT Project Course. We appreciate any feedback you might have on the implementation, cases, teamwork, mentors, etc. You can bring up both, things that work well or that you think would need improvement. the feedback given here is completely anonymous.
Thank you for your feedback!