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Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies

Basic information of the minor

Code: SCI3038

Extent: 20-40 cr.

  • For students of Aalto technical schools: 40 cr
  • For students of the School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Economics: 20-40 cr

Language: English

Professor in charge: Peter Lund

Target group: The MES-minor is offered to all Aalto University students on Master’s level, in particular from School of Science. International students are welcomed.

Application procedure: See detailed information at the end of the description.

Quotas and restrictions: No quotas. The minor is targeted only for master students.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites.

Content and structure of the minor

Goal

The goal of Aalto’s Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies Minor is to create multi-skilled students with both subject-specific know-how and integrative understanding across a range of energy issues.

Scope

Energy is one of mankind’s grand challenges linked to climate change, human development, sustainability, economy, and innovations, among others. Understanding energy and its different facets requires strong systemic thinking and multiple skills.

The Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies (MES) is an elective Minor subject for Master’s students at Aalto University interested in energy and society. It is run by the Aalto School of Science Energy Initiative  http://energyscience.aalto.fi/en/) at Espoo-Otaniemi Campus, but in collaboration with other Aalto schools. MES offers a multidimensional view into energy, to understand the complexity of energy in a new way. It combines key subjects in science and engineering, economics and business, social sciences and human behavior. By offering an integrative approach to create solutions in energy, MES can be entered from different disciplines.

The MES-minor deals with topical energy themes such as Sustainable Energy, Green-ICT, Energy Markets, Green Business, Smart Power, E-Mobility, among others.

Collaboration

The Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies (MES) is a collaborative teaching effort between several disciplines at Aalto University, as follows: system analysis (Prof. Ahti Salo), media (Prof. Lily Diaz-Kommonen), energy sciences (Prof. Peter Lund), information technology (Profs. Antti Ylä-Jääski, Prof. Keijo Heljanko, Prof. Jukka Nurminen), business (Profs. Karlos Artto, Jan Holmström), economics (Prof. Matti Liski).

Structure

The Multi-Disciplinary Energy covers key perspectives to energy issues: science and technology, economics and business, social sciences and human behavior. All students will get familiar to each of these three core domains.

MES-minor consists of a 3-level structure, as follows:

Level 1

  • Introduction to energy, multi-disciplinary issues, approaches, cases and tools
  • All students will participate in the multi-disciplinary energy introduction course

Level 2

  • Introduction to energy & society, trends, transitions, sustainability; energy efficiency
  • Deepening the understanding in economics and business, social sciences and/or human behavior while applying these into sustainable energy
  • Students need to cover at least two out of the three perspectives

Level 3

  • Specialization in mastering key multi-disciplinary tools for energy
  • Students will specialize in at least one out of the three perspectives.

Due to the multi-disciplinary character, students are encouraged to discuss with corresponding Professors the detailed contents of courses to be included in the MES-minor.

The scope of the MES-minor is presently 40 credit points. In the coming years, as part of the Aalto University Master’s studies reform, the scope will fall to 20-25 cr covering in practice the levels 1 and 2 below. Students of BIZ and ARTS can complete the minor also by doing only the levels 1 and 2 (then the extent of the minor is 20-25 cr).

The MES-minor content is the following:

Code

Name

Credits

Period

Level 1 Core course (5 cr) :

Obligatory course to all students; input from several disciplines jointly. Each collaborator provides a 2-4 h introductory lecture to energy from own perspective

PHYS-C1380

Multi-disciplinary energy perspectives

5

III-IV

Level 2 Supportive courses (15-20 cr):

Students will choose one of the two following energy specific courses:

T-110.6120

Special Course on Energy Efficiency of Mobile Devices

5

I-II, III-IV, V

PHYS-C6370

Fundamentals of New Energy Sources

5

I-II

Students will choose courses from the list below: 10-15 credit points per perspective (S&T, economics &business, social &behavior), with some energy relevant dimension

T-110.6120

Special Course on Energy Efficiency of Mobile Devices

5

I-II, III-IV, V

T-110.5121

Mobile Cloud Computing

5

I-II

Mat-2.3117

Riskianalyysi/Risk Analysis

5

III-IV

Mat-2.4136

Special Topics in Decision Making

3-6

 

PHYS-C6370

Fundamentals of New Energy Sources

5

I-II

PHYS-E0483

Advances in New Energy Technologies

5

III-IV

PHYS-E0581

Individual Studies

1-10

I, II, III, IV, V

TU-22.1425

Advanced Project-based Management

3

I-II

TU-22.1322

Industrial Service Operations

3

III

TU-22.1432

Management of Uncertainty

5

IV-V

31C01300

Energy and Environmental Economics

6

The course has only limited number of places for students of the minor.

31E01800

Resource and Environmental Economics

6

 The course has only limited number of places for students of the minor.

DOM-E5058

Information Visualization and Design

5

 The course has only limited number of places for students of the minor.

Level 3 Specialization courses (15-20 cr):

The students choose courses from their own specialization area which are determined by the collaborator Professor.

Module Structure

Intermediate Module in Multi-disciplinary Energy Studies, F306-2 (20-25 cr)

  • level 1 and 2 courses (see above)

Special Module in Multi-disciplinary Energy Studies, F306-C (15-20 cr)

  • level 3 courses, student agree on these with the Professor (see above)

Applying to the Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies Minor

You can apply to the Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies Minor (Master level) at any time. The applications are dealt with at the end of the month.

Instructions on how to apply:

  • Send your contact information, approved personal study plan (HOPS) including Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies, transcript of records and motivation letter via email to Tämä sähköpostiosoite on suojattu spamboteilta. Tarvitset JavaScript-tuen nähdäksesi sen..

Please note the following:

  • The courses in your own School are open for free access.
  • The courses in the field of technology that are listed in the minor modules are open for all students who are registered as students of the MES minor.
  • Students need to apply to the courses of the School of Business and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture through internal mobility (if the School is not their own School).
  • Course PHYS-C1380 Multi-disciplinary energy perspectives is open for all Aalto students without any separate application. Just register to the course via WebOodi.

Registered Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies students are prioritized in student selection of the BIZ and ARTS courses. However, minor does NOT guarantee that students get access to all courses that are part of their study plan. Students also need to register to each individual course separately in WebOodi. Different courses have different application processes and deadlines so read the course web pages carefully.

Please contact the planning officer or study secretary of your degree programme to make sure that they approve including Multi-Disciplinary Energy Studies Minor in your study plan and your degree. Each student is personally responsible for acquiring this approval.

Instructions on how to apply to courses is found from the page https://into.aalto.fi/display/enmobility/Homepage.

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