The special assignments have a key role in the studies of engineering physics students at Aalto. Special assignments are not connected to a specific lecture course, but their requirements and expectations are like those for bachelor's thesis. Students may include special assignments in the elective studies of the BSc degree after finishing the BSc thesis, and one is compulsory in the MSc degree.
The special assignments are usually small research or construction projects or literature surveys. Their aim is to teach independent work on certain scientific topics and to increase the students' knowledge on selected fields of science and technology.
The special assignments give students excellent opportunity to learn how to write technical or scientific reports, and to hone these skills ready for the MSc thesis. Students should therefore pay special attention to the quality of the written report of their special assignment.
There is one special assignment course in the Engineering physics study program:
Teachers in charge of the course: Mikko Alava, Janne Halme
Supervisors: Professors and lecturers at the Department of Applied Physics
The topics of the special assignments can be related to any field of research and teaching carried out at the Department of Applied Physics, or to physics in general. You can do more than one special assignment under the same course code. One assignment is compulsory in the MSc program (in all the majors), and it is recommended to do it in the summer following the 1st year of MSc degree studies (at latest).
You can find more information about the physics special assignment course in MyCourses: https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/view.php?id=18446.