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Sustainability Literature Reviews (5 cr)

Code: AT00CK28-3002

General information


21.11.2022 - 08.01.2023


09.01.2023 - 26.04.2023

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


  • Malahat Ghoreishi

Scheduling groups

  • Lecture (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Lecture

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- to select the most relevant literature related to the selected topics
- to write informative and clear reviews by using scientific terms and methods
- to analyze references and content of them
- to discuss about the literature and the topics with other students

Implementation and methods of teaching

Sustainability Literature Review is a virtual course. Throughout this course, students will learn how to identify the keyword for their research topic and how to formulate their research question.
Throughout the course the students have to choose different topics of interest in sustainability or circular economy and do a literature review on the topic. The course includes group workshops that are organized during the lectures and a final project which should be done individually. Doing the final project will help the students for their future thesis work as well.
In addition, each student has to peer review one other student's final project and provide feedbacks and comments.
The final project counts as 50% of the final grade and the assignments are 40% of the final grading.

More detailed description of the course will be provided in moodle and in the first introduction session.

Timing and attendance

The course will be held during Spring time 9.1- 26.4.2023. Active participation of the course is 10% of the final grade.

Learning material and recommended literature

All the course material will be provided in moodle.

Alternative completion methods


Exam retakes

NO Exam

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 115 hours (including individual assignments and final group work). The time allocation for contact learning is about 20 hours.


In this course you will learn:
- The main concept and the nature of literature review and why is it done?
- Different examples of literature review from the teacher and students as their assignments
- To search for the relevant literature review
- To evaluate and select relevant sources
- To identify themes, debates and gaps
- To make the outline of your literature review and the structure
- To write your literature review

Assessment criteria

The minimum of 50p is required to pass the course.

Assessment scale


Failed (0)

less than 50p is fail 0

Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 1: 50 - 59 p
Grade 2: 60 - 69 p

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 3: 70 - 79 p
Grade 4: 80 - 89 p

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

Grade 5 requires a minimum of 90 p