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AE1106 Geoscience 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AE1106 (Autumn 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

 The course includes lectures, exercises, laboratory work and a field exercise.

The course covers the natural conditions for spatial planning, land forms and formations as a function of recent and past geological processes, behavior and physical and chemical (mineralogical) properties of soil and rock materials. Particular importance is attached to the rock and soil layers structural composition and changes in soil properties in the short and long term. The course also covers basic knowledge of soil water retention characteristics as well as soil water and groundwater flow under saturated and unsaturated conditions and pore water pressure. Basic knowledge of geological conditions in Sweden and utilization of soil and rock material. Particular emphasis is research methods and skills of interpretation and analysis of geological and hydrological data (maps and charts). The exercises in this section include basic knowledge of mineral, soil and rock and interpretation of geological data.

Furthermore, the course comprises technical infrastructure in society, including facilities for water supply, sewage and waste-

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

•describe the Earth's structure, form and composition

•explain how natural conditions such as soil, water and ecosystems are the basis for community-building and physical planning.

•describe the physical and chemical properties of soil and rock (including mineralogical composition and classification)

•understand past and ongoing geological and hydrogeological processes that affect the land use development and long-term sustainability

•describe soil structures and general soil and rock stratigraphy

•describe the properties and uses of various soil and rock material

•understand the occurrence of water in nature and society and basically describe the natural water flow

•basically interpret existing geological and hydrological data

•explain the society's technical support systems such as water, sewage, waste and energy.

Course disposition

The course is taken to large extent together with AE1102.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge of mathematics and physics/chemistry of at least 20 hp. Recommended requirement is knowledge comparable to y1 and y2 in the KTH programme Energy and Environment.

Recommended prerequisites

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* Per-Gunnar Andreasson m fl 2006: Geobiosfären - en introduktion. Studentlitteratur. ISBN: 9789144036700

* Olofsson B. m fl 2011: Naturresursteknik för samhällsbyggare. Compendium, KTH

* Exercise notes and other digital notes put on the course's platform.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises and Excursion, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Written examination (TEN1), 4.5 hp (A,B,C,D,E,Fx,F)

Accepted exercises and excursion (ÖVN1), 1.5 hp (P,F)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE1106

Offered by

Main field of study

Architecture, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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