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CK105V Materials in a Circular Society - Polymeric Materials 1.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus CK105V (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course aims to give a basic understanding and overview of the most common polymers, including their properties, manufacturing, recycling and their role in a sustainable society and a circular economy. More specifically, the course includes: 

  • Basic knowledge about the most common polymers and plastics and their properties and applications. 
  • Basic knowledge about the manufacturing of the most common (synthetic) polymers. 
  • Knowledge about the environmental impact of polymers from a sustainable perspective, including e.g. recycling, climate impact, microplastics and chemicals.   
  • Basic knowledge about circular economy. 

Note that this introductory online course will be given in Swedish!

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student will be able to: 

  • Explain the characteristics of different polymeric materials and describe the properties, applications and manufacturing of the most common polymeric materials. 
  • Discuss insightfully about the strengths and weaknesses for different polymeric materials, both from a user’s perspective and from a sustainability perspective. 
  • Explain how the different polymers can be recycled with low environmental impact in a circular economy. 
  • Define the basics of a circular economy, explain important definitions within this scientific field and explain how a circular economy is related to sustainability. 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 3c.

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

P, F


  • TEN1 - Digital examination, 1.0 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.

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

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The target group for this course are persons who are not program students at KTH.