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GroupVAVA1617/Elective Studies
course3001007 Circular economy, 5.00 cr, 133 h
Elective studies
Implementation timeSpring 2016-2017
Responsible teacher Nurmi Piia
Other teachers
Status of implementationEnded

State of the description Completed
Language of instruction English
GroupsVAVA1617 (primary)
Starting and ending dates01.05.2017 - 20.06.2017
EN-Edellytetään palautteen keruuta Yes
Suitable as elective studies for others Yes
Offered for the Open University of Applied Sciences. Yes
Offered for virtual University of Applied Sciences. Yes
Suitable for exchange students Yes
Minimum number of participants 16 
Maximum number of participants 100 
Enrollment period01.12.2016 (klo 08:00) - 20.04.2017
Implementation method Blended, Optima, Project, Web
Method of completion Essay, Practical work, Report
Virtual extent, cr 5 cr
R&D integration, cr 4 cr
Implementation location Turku University of Applied Sciences
Assessment at the latest 31.08.2017 
Exam date  
Re-examination dates
Storing of graded material ends 28.02.2018 
Responsible faculty Technology, Environment and Business
Responsible campus Sepänkatu unit
Responsible degree programme Degree Programme in Energy and Environmental Technology
Language of the description English 


Competence objectives

In the circular economy module (5 ECTS), the student will develop skills needed in working life in addition to the fact-based content of the course. This includes customer oriented approach in addition to skills of collaboration and project management. The objective is that the students can apply all of this into practise when encouraged to learn in a new way.

The module is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I: The principles of circular economy
  • PhaseII: The methods of circular economy
  • Phase III: Circular economy in practise

The student can understand the possibilities of sustainable use of limited resources that the globe has (metals, minerals, energy sources, water, soil, wood resources, clean air and biodiversity).

To increase resource efficiency, the student can see these actions possible:

  • Designing new products and services
  • Minimizing the amount of waste emerging
  • Managing resources in a more efficient way
  • Changing consuming habits
  • New business models
  • Optimizing production processes
  • Enhancing logistics
  • Different ways of administration and finance

After completing the module, the student can:

  • Apply ideas learned from others
  • Think in a customer oriented way
  • Operate in situations of presentation and interaction
  • Operate independently using external networks and resources

Concrete tools that will be learned in the course:

  • Basic tools for circular economy
  • LCA, principles of life cycle calculation
  • BMC, the use of business planning tool


Students of Turku University of Applied Sciences enroll on the course in SoleOPS as usual. Students from other Universities enroll on the course using the link:

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Student's workload

The course has virtual assignments in Optima, voluntary contact lessons (that will also be videod, so you can watch them even if you cannot attend, andworking both individually and in groups and a project-assignment. All of this forms a 5 ECTS course ( 1 ECTS is 27 hours of work)


20 % self assessment,

20% peer assessment,

60 % assessment from teacers (1. timetable, assignments done, quality of assignments, activity).

Preliminary information

No need for special previous knowledge.

Learning material

In Optima platform

Virtual learning material

In Optima

Learning platform


Other literature and supplementary material

All will be in Optima platform

Other arrangements related to the implementation
Costs for the student

No costs

Course feedback and its processing

Will be collected during the course and will be discussed with the group

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