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1. Course title

2. Course code


3. Course status:  optional

This course is one way of completing the project work (ATM303) which is compulsory for the students of Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences.

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?

Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?

ATM3001-6 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?


4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?

Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

After completing and/or for sustainable change.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

The course will be lectured every year in the III period.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Nina Sarnela

9. Course learning outcomes

In this course, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams, each team dedicated

to one sustainability project. Projects will be based on real-life climate or sustainability challenges given by companies or other work-life collaborators, who want to make a positive impact with their business. As a outcome of this course, students will be able to mitigate and solve climate and sustainability problems and have developed their project management skills.

Overarching learning goal is being able to mitigate and solve sustainability problems.
1. Systems thinking competence:
Having completed the course, the student is able to understand structure and dynamics of complex
systems related to solving sustainability challenges in a real-life project.
● Student can describe given sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives.
2. Anticipatory competence:
After the course, the student is able to anticipate possible and/or sustainable futures related to
solving practical sustainability challenges.
● Student can apply his/her knowledge in order to predict possible outcomes of sustainability
projects and compare those with alternative scenarios.
● Student is able to manage expectations and anticipated results of projects.
3. Normative competence:
Having completed the course the student is able to differentiate, justify, and apply values and goals
for sustainability.
● Student can approach sustainability challenges from a normative perspective and recognize
the different values guiding the project at hand.
4. Strategic competence:

Having completed the course, the student is able to create transition and intervention strategies to
enact change.
● Student understands the basic principles of project management and can plan and lead a
project from beginning to end.
● Student feels comfortable using different project management tools and understands the
basics of working with companies and other stakeholders.
● Student is able to reflect on, and deal with, possible risks.
5. Interpersonal competence:
After the course, the student has developed his/her communicative and collaborative skills.
● Student is able to organize and manage working in a multi-disciplinary team of individuals.
● Student understands the basics of projects’ internal and external communications.
● Student can apply collaborative working methods in his/her work.

10. Course completion methods

The course consists of three online sessions and online learning material. Students write learning diary individually and work in small groups to make one project work that will be presented in the end of course.

The small groups make project plan, report and a blog article about their project.

Remote participation is possible.

11. Prerequisites

Knowledge of climate change and sustainability, for example from courses: and/or for sustainable change.

12. Recommended optional studies

Leadership for sustainable change

13. Course content

I. Orientation phase

● Problem- and project-based learning method
● Sustainability competencies and learning objectives
● Sustainability challenge – how is it different from other challenges?
● How to work with companies
● Team building (code of cooperation; clarifying expectations; building trust)
● Formalizing the partnership with stakeholders
● Personal goals and objectives for course
● Meaning of sustainability for me

II. Framing the project
● Different methodological frameworks and methods for project work (e.g. descriptive-
analytical, normative and instructional methods)
● Project management techniques and tools
● Methods and tools for solving sustainability problems
● Defining challenges with companies
● Defining challenges as sustainability challenges
● Reviewing required and available expertise and developing project-management plan
● Expectations and anticipated results of project
● Anticipated risks and how to tackle them

III. Doing the project
● Collaborative tools for teamwork
● Prototyping, testing feasibility of solution
● Project communication

● Testing the solution + peer-review from stakeholders/experts
● Documenting the process
● Delivering results
● Assessment of project
● Personal development and sustainability competencies
● Positive ecological footprint?

IV. Implementation:
● How to continue from here?

14. Recommended and required literature

Will be announced later.

It is recommended to take a look of the course materials of and Leadership for sustainable change.

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

5 credits = 5 x 27 hr = 135 hr

Contact/virtual lessons 3 x 2h = 6h

Teamwork 85h

Individual work 35h

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Grading: 1-5.

Course grading is based on self and peer assessment (30%),teacher's assessment (40%) and Client's evaluation of the project (30%).

17. Teaching language


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