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Environmental Cycles (5 cr)

Code: AT00CH96-3002

General information


01.07.2022 - 04.09.2022


01.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Faculty of Technology (LAB)


E-campus, Lahti

Teaching languages

  • English

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Sustainable Solutions Engineering


  • Jussi Kuusela
  • Sakari Autio

Scheduling groups

  • Verkkoluento 1 (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Verkkoluento 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- to understand the principles of environmental cycles (e.g. carbon,nutrient, water and air cycle)
- to understand the importance of biodiversity in the sustainability of life
- to know the principles and methods related to ecosystem services

Implementation and methods of teaching

This course is a virtual course. The contact learning lectures are held online. The assignments and exams can be done independently. There will also be teamwork.
Exact timing will be informed in the course´s Moodle platform in the beginning of the study module.

Timing and attendance

The course is held during the fall semester.

Learning material and recommended literature

All the materials will be achievable online and delivered in Moodle.

Alternative completion methods

Arrangements will be agreed with the teacher in responsible of the course.

Exam retakes

Will be informed in the beginning of the course.

Learning environment

Online learning platform, ZOOM and Teams.

Student time use and work load

The average work load for this course is estimated to be 135 hours (5 ECTS). The main part of the study module´s work load consists of independent and group work, about 80 hours. The time allocation for contact learning is about 20 hours. There is also about 40 hours time allocated for final exam, preparation and execution.


During the course students get an overall picture about natural process in which elements are continuously cycled in various forms between different compartments of the environment (inside and outside reservoirs). The course considers the importance of biodiversity and how nature can be valued through ecosystem services.

Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc.

No previous knowledge required.

Assessment criteria

All of the assignments and exam must be done (and approved). The more detailed evaluation criterias will be informed in the beginning of the study module.

Assessment scale


Failed (0)

Does not meet the competence requirements of the course.