Teaching is provided during five periods (periods I and II in the autumn term and III, IV and V in the spring term). Examinations or other forms of evaluation and assessment are usually held at the end of each period.
The most common form of courses in Aalto University is a lecture. In addition to the lectures, a course may include other assignments as well. These can be for example individual or group assignments, problem-solving exercises or laboratory work. Students may need to sign up for these separately. The credits obtained from a course include lectures, exercises and the individual work the students do for a course.
Courses usually last either one or two periods, but some courses may extent over a longer period lasting three or more periods.