Aalto University Minors Guide 2015-2016

Note: This Minors Guide describes the selection for the 2015–16 academic year. The guide does not describe the selection for 2016–17, that is, studies pertaining to May 2016 applications for a right to study. To find out what minor subjects and courses are connected to the May admissions process, see the Into pages.


Basic information of the minor

Code: ENG3049

Extent: 25 cr

Language: English

Teacher in charge: Kalevi Ekman

Target Group: All Aalto’s Bachelor students

Application procedure: The selection process is primarily based on a motivation letter. However, possible interviews may be held amongst students with equally competent motivation letters.

Quotas and restrictions: 35 students

Prerequisites: no

Content and structure of the minor

Aaltonaut is an interdisciplinary minor subject aimed at Bachelor’s level students. The studies will be taught partly in English.  Although the minor subject 25 credits can be made up of Aaltonaut courses, the study plan also allows for some flexibility and course options to supplement the offering. In addition to the Aaltonaut minor subject, Aaltonaut students are offered integrated language and communications studies, internship possibilities, exchange studies and an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s seminar (up to 50 credits).

Realisation of Aaltonaut courses is based on inquiry- and problem-based learning as well as group work in interdisciplinary groups. The aim is to supplement academic study guidance with working life mentoring. Students who have completed the minor subject will have a command of the basic of product development, business and scientific research, as applicable. The general coaching goals of the minor subject are reinforcing an entrepreneurial attitude and refining teamwork and communication skills. The desired Aaltonaut characteristics are curiosity, courage, initiative and the ability to take action.

We believe that completing the Aaltonaut minor subject will make the graduating Bachelors more attractive when competing for positions in Master’s degree programmes and entering working life. 35 first or second year students of Aalto University will be selected to start their Aaltonaut studies this fall (see http://aaltonaut.fi/apply/). The student selection process is based on a motivation letter, preferably written in English. Interviews will be organized within students with the same competence, and this should be taken into account during the selection process. All accepted students will be invited to the Bootcamp, which is a launch-off weekend session in the end of October.

Further information is available from Professor Kalevi Ekman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Elina Kähkönen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) (and aaltonaut.fi). 

Structure of the minor




Mandatory courses



Academic and professional coaching



Plastics Product Design



Product Analysis


Elective courses


Choose so many courses below that the Minor will be at least 25 cr


Challence Breakers



ADD BASICS: Working in the Digital Paradigm



Contemporary Topics on Product Liability



Scientific Research Project


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