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CK2030 Scientific Methodology and Research Horizons 7.5 credits

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CK2030 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Scientific theory
  • Scientific methodology
  • Scientific ethics and risk analysis
  • The chemical engineer’s role for sustainable development, equality, diversity and inclusion.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain basic concepts within scientific theory, methodology and ethics related to questions, problems and research projects within the chemical sciences
  • Discuss how basic concepts within scientific theory, methodology and ethics can be used to formulate hypotheses and research questions as well as identify and perform research projects of relevance for the chemical sciences.
  • Describe and discuss social, economical and ethical aspects of sustainable development within academia and industry in chemical sciences.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject within a programme that includes:

50 university credits (hp) in chemistry or closely related subject , 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics, numerical analysis and computer science.

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


  • INL3 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL4 - Hand-in assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM2 - Seminar, 2.0 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.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course has overlapping content with AK2036 Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science). 

Only one of the courses CK2030 and AK2036 may be included in a diploma.