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BJ02A1500 Current Issues in Enabling Technologies for Circular Economy, 5 cr 
Code BJ02A1500  Validity 01.08.2018 -
Name Current Issues in Enabling Technologies for Circular Economy  Abbreviation Current Issues 
Credits5 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Engineering Science 

Mari Kallioinen 
Jutta Nuortila-Jokinen 

Description by Study Guide

Location: kokonaan verkossa / full digi

The course is suitable for distance learning.


M.Sc. (Tech.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Jutta Nuortila-Jokinen, Docent, DSci(Tech), Associate Professor, LUT
Mari Kallioinen, Docent, DSci(Tech), Associate Professor LUT
Minna Tiainen, Docent, PhD, University lecturer, Oulu University


By the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to:
1. Understand basic concepts of circular economy (raw materials, processing, manufacturing until end-of-life recycling and reuse) and the drivers for change from linear to circular economy.
2. Understand and evaluate the processing technologies of materials in context of circular economy.
3. Recognize and compare impacts (environmental, economic and social) of processing technologies when assessing the current (linear) practice of material processing vs circular value chains.
4. Apply the transferable skills of life cycle thinking (ecodesign) to evaluate processing technologies in circular value chains.


The course will introduce the most important processing technologies that enable the implementation of circular economy, such as recycling and recovery as well as separation and purification technologies. The approach of the course is mainly solution based and thus aims to show practical examples on the utilization of different technologies in solving different kind of challenges in circular economy. A special emphasis is laid on topical themes, such as recycling and upgrading of plastic, electric, packaging and textile waste as well as on the production of biofuels. The course will also introduce the concept of ecodesign as a tool to manage the complex value chains in circular economy.

Teaching Methods 

The students will prepare a team portfolio on one specific subject during this course that will be assessed. In the preparation and assessment of the portfolios peer and self-evaluation will be utilized. In addition, students will answer individually to 2 compulsory questions (in the beginning and in the end of the course).

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0-5/Updated 20.1.20/ml

Course Materials 

The course material and the guidance to supplementary material is provided in connection with the different topics.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 15

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 

max 15


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