The main course material is located separately
Hands-on scientific computing is guide to practical computing skills
you need for other courses or research, but usually are left to
learn yourselves. Basic skills such as version control or shell
scripting are usually not taught, which makes big differences between
how prepared people are.
Actually, this isn’t a traditional course. It’s more of a map of
practical tools you can browse at your own pace. You can find this map at the main page, which is completely usable without the exercises you find
This course started for researchers who need a broader computing
background than they get during their academic training.
This course is also usable for undergraduate students, who are
studying things like data science and also need a broader computing
background than they get (not studying software or computing directly).
This is an “always open” course, you can go through the material at
your own pace, in the order that suits you, and whenever suits you.
We expect that for many people, referring to the material is all they need.
When you complete the material and exercises of the A, B, and C levels
(Basic Linux and command line stuff, related science skills),
you can get one credit. When you complete the HPC and advanced
programming related parts, you can get one credit (levels D and E).
We expect that many people will find the material useful,
many fewer will find the need to work on exercises here
The second part of “not a normal course” is that there aren’t lessons!
At least not in the traditional sense…
For these practical skills, almost everything you may need to know is
already available online. The problem is that there is too much out
there, so where do you start? We point you to the best material that
you can find online, which you’ll have to read and understand
yourself. This is a bit harder than reading things in one consistent
format, but… that’s part of what we want to teach. We want you to
be able to find and read new things yourself, whatever format it may
There is no deadline for completing exercises and you can come back to
them when you want. But, the course will evolve over time, and if
you don’t finish it soon enough, the work you did may no longer
apply to the grade…
Exercises consist of multiple choice, drag and drop and text
questionnaire types. You may submit exercises 1-2 times depending on
exercise. Please note that some of the exercises may not display
correctly depending on your browser. If you still have problems,
deactivating some extensions may help.
To earn credits from this course you need to complete at least 90% of exercises and have at least 50% correct.
Course evaluation is divided into modules A-C and D-E and you can earn 1 credit from each modules (overall 2 credits).
Instead of credits external users may request a certificate after approved completion of course.
The course is evaluated on a pass/fail grading scale.
Since this is an “always open” course, you need to reach out to us
once you have completed enough to get the certificate.
Course grading has 2 options which are explained below.
You are an Aalto student and would like to receive the credits, contact us at email@example.com.
Please include in your e-mail the following information: Subject: Hands-on scientific computing, your first name, last name, Aalto student number /
temporary Aalto student number and that you would like your
performance to be evaluated. Evaluations are done once a month
(please send your request a week before the end of the month or
Student from other Finnish Universities and adult learners, please fill in the FITech application at Studyinfo.fi:
Make sure you are using the same personal information during the course and in the application.
You need to have Finnish personal identity code to apply for the credits and online banking access code for strong authentication to confirm your identity.
You will receive automatic messages from the application system. After the application has been handled, you need to confirm your identity.
When everything is in order and grade registered, we will send you
the electronic transcript of records. Exercises are evaluated once
a month, towards the end of the month (please send your request at
least a week before the end of the month or end-of-month
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is run by Aalto Scientific Computing.
Contact us at email@example.com for any technical course questions or evaluation requests (Aalto students).