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If a course in your HOPS has a varying scope in credits (e.g. 1–10 ECTS credits), you can confirm the scope you have selected on the Completion methods tab of the course info sheet. Please see more the detailed instructions

When to use a study draft

If you are in planning to take a course or do course/ study-related work or activities outside Aalto or some individual study attainments in Aalto (book examsexam, summer schoolsschool, conference presentations.presentation, etc..) you can include them in to the your plan by making a study draft(s). Study drafts . The study draft can then be conditionally accepted to in your SISU credit plan. 

Credit transfer/ custom course credit can be applied when the course/summer school/other learning has been attained. Instructions When your study attainment is finished, you can receive credit for it through the credit transfer or the custom course credit procedure. See instructions for credit transfer

If you have already studies/course registered, you do not need to make a study draft but to add the completed study/course to your plan

Individual study completed


Individual studies completed

If  your individual study attainments are already completed and registered, you can see them in the register and add them to your plan. At this point do Do not use study drafts if the course is completedfor completed courses or studies.  

You can add the completed courses /attainments as follows: 

  • If you can add a set of courses free of your -choice to courses the study module, you will see the Add to the plan button in the Selection selection assistant on the right. You can also use the Add to the plan tab on the left side.

    Add to the plan buttons circled in selection assistant on the right side and on the left side of the page


  • If you do not find the course(s) under Add to the plan, switch to Free edit mode.

Picture of selection assistant where button with three dots clicked and selection free edit mode is seen

If the structure on of the module is pre-set, you can chance it by using use the Free edit mode (in the selection assistant, next to the module's name)mode to edit it.

This allows you to include any courses you want and request for approval. Also, your completed courses (custom credit courses, too) can be added this way. 

In free edit mode in selection assistant button with text Add a course you have already completed hghlighted

Study drafts / custom credit courses (


Individual study attainments ) and needed information

When making study drafts or applying for custom credit course (individual study attainments), the application should include certain information in order to be approved and later registered.

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titleIndividual study attainmentsCustom credit courses

Registering of studies

Custom credit course aka Individual study attainment

Information needed

Proposal what and how to write in SISUExample entries in Sisu

  • Scientific /academic summer/winter/etc schools
  • workshops
  • seminars  
  • Name of the school/workshop
  • Organiser
  • Dates with short “–”
  • City, Country

International Summer School on Machine Learning, University of Tottenham, 2 - 15 July 2020, Tottenham, UK

Winter School on Something, 17 - 26 January 2019, Paris, France

The Workshop on Complex Systems, 1 - 5 July 2019, Aalto University, Finland

  • If the name does not indicate clearly the detail, start withthe details, write the type of activity (e.g. summer school, workshop, seminar, etc.), then the name, date and location: Summer school: / Workshop: /Seminar: and then details .details 

Journal articles and conference papers which will not be included in the thesis

  • Authors’ surnames, initials(s)
  • Year of publication
  • Title of the article/paper
  • Name of the journal +
  • Volume, page numbers Journal name, vol, pg nos, or
  • Name of the conference,
  • Place place and Dates dates of the conference

Journal articleArticle: Laiho L. & Sirenius, M. (2020) ‘Title of the article’, Name of the journal, 20:5-18

Conference paper: Laiho, L. (2018): ‘Title of the paper’. In Conference on Machine Learning; Peking, China : 15 - 17 February 2018. (This information, with the own research field’s conventions in referencing to be added.)

Self-study (book or literature exam/, report/, review/essay , or other assignment)

One book:

  • Authors’ surnames, initials(s)
  • Year, edition
  • Title, edition
  • Place of publication: Publisher  
  • Number of pages

Several books/literature:

  • Topic

Book exam: Belbin, M. (2010) Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail (3rd edition), UK: Butterworth Heinemann.

  • if If only part of the book, mark chapters/pages: Chapters 1-2/pp. 25-425

Book review: Anslyn, E.V. and Dougherty, D.A. (2006) Modern Physical Organic Chemistry. UK: Thomson Learning

Self-study: Studying the course Course material of Reinforcement Learning of University College London and completing programming assignments related to the course material

Exam on literature package on xxxx

Peer review of scientific papers

  • Quantity of papers read
  • Theme, topic

Peer review of three scientific papers on the topic of aqueous-phase reforming.

Presentation of research work at scientific conferences (poster, presentation)

  • Title of presentation
  • Name of conference
  • Dates of conference
  • City, Country of conference

Poster and presentation “Title of the presentation”, ICPF Conference on Computer Science, 12 – 14 March 2017, Berlin, Germany

Co-supervision/guidance of B.Sc. theses, special assignments, or M.Sc. theses

  • Type (MSc/BSc thesis supervision, special assignment)
  • Title of the thesis/topic of the special assignment
  • Name of the student
  • Year of completion of the thesis/assignment done

Academic supervision: Master's thesis advisor (Carbon Dioxide Methanation for Intensified Reactors, Andrew Martin Piers, 2015)

Academic supervision: Bachelor’s thesis advisor (Carbon Dioxide Methanation for Intensified Reactors, Andrew Martin Piers, 2015)

Academic supervision: Special assignment (Carbon Dioxide Methanation for Intensified Reactors, Andrew Martin Piers, 2015)

Teaching/ planning and implementing a new course

  • Type of work done
  • Name and code of the course
  • Timing (dates/periods/autumn/spring year)
  • Organisation where done if not in Aalto (dpt/institution)

Acting as a course assistant on for course Machine Learning CS-E3210, autumn 2020

Planning and implementing course xxxx, autumn 2020

Teaching course xxxx, autumn 2020


Finally, apply for approval and include your justifying reasons for the changes.

Step 7. Approval for a study module

When all the choices are made correctly, the button Approval for module content approval activates if the approval is required. 

Researchfield studies module and selection assistant open. Apply for module content approval button marked with red

You can send the study module for approval, if needed. The application requires some grounds for the application. Contents approval.  When the approval is needed the contents of the study modules should be discussed beforehand with your supervisor before submitting the supervisorapplication

Picture of application for approval. There is courses belonging to the module and open box for writing grounds for the application. 

After the approval application has been sent, it shows in the plan as "approval requested".

Module selected, text approval requested circled

After the study module has been approved, it shows like this 


Sometimes the plans change. If you change the content of an approved module, Sisu SISU gives you the notifications of "Selections against the rulesand "differs from the content of the approved application". It also notifies you as to what is the content that does not correspond to the approved content (marked yellow in the example). 

Text Selections against the rules circled in red two places of the study plan

If the changes are necessary, first give up the approval of the study module before you can request approval again.before requesting new approval. 

All applications are saved, so you can check previous ones later if needed. 


Step 9. Choose Doctoral thesis / licentiate thesis

Choose Make a choice of thesis according to your research field. Usually, the thesis and the research field codes are formed on same basis, in . In this case given, ELEC002Z refers to acoustics also in the thesis. 

Code for the module under the module title highlighted

Extracurricular studies (NOT included in the degree)