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AL1523 Digitalisation and Innovation for Sustainable Development 7.5 credits

The course addresses challenges for sustainable development in different parts of society and the advantages and disadvantages of digitalisation with regard to ecologically and socially sustainable development in a systems perspective.

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AL1523 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course includes lectures, seminars, project work in groups and a home exam. Lectures and seminars include presentations and discussions about challenges and goals of sustainable development in different parts of society, for example how digitalisation can contribute with solutions but also contribute to new challenges, and basic innovation theory with applications for sustainable innovation.

The project work is carried out in collaboration with a company or research project. The aim is that the students should apply knowledge and skills in digitalisation from earlier courses on different problems with connection to sustainable development. The project work is reported in a written report and orally at a final seminar.

In the home exam, the students are given the opportunity to specialise in an area of digitalisation for sustainable development of their own choice.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is that students upon completion of the course should have sufficient knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of digitalisation, with regard to ecological and social sustainable development in a system perspective, so that they can make conscious choices and can search additional knowledge in a well-informed way when developing new solutions.

On completion of the course, the students should be able to

  • Give an account of and problematise the concept sustainable development
  • Give an account of central concepts and methods that are used to describe and assess sustainability aspects of technical solutions with a system perspective
  • Describe societal challenges with connection to ecological and social sustainable development
  • Give an account of national and international goals for sustainable development
  • Apply knowledge of sustainable development to independently suggest, describe and evaluate new solutions within digitalisation for sustainable development in a system’s perspective
  • By means of basic innovation theory reflect on the potential of digitalisation for sustainable development
  • Cooperate in project form and based on given preconditions develop new solutions
  • Present results in scientific written format and popular oral format
  • Present and receive criticism orally and in writing

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

45 higher education credits in Computer and information science and Electronics. Exception from Swedish 3.

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • PRO1 - Project work, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Home exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

The course is to a large extent based on attendance and active participation. Lectures, seminars and supervision of projects therefore have requirements of a certain level of attendance. All items are however designed to give the students flexibility to complete in other ways of the items where they have not been able to attend.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

First cycle

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