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DA1600 Writing in the Engineering Profession 4.5 credits

This course, given by KTH Language and Communication, is the first step in the Computer Science and Engineering programme's training of communication skills, described in the programme objectives as giving the student:

"... the prerequisites for successful work in international and multidisciplinary project groups which consist of people from both technical and non-technical backgrounds. This includes the ability to orally, and in writing, present as well as argue in Swedish and English."

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DA1600 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Different text types and their distinctive features
  • Discussion about, and production of, different texts in relation to the current situation and target group
  • The writing process, its stages and approaches

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • distinguish between various text types relevant to the computer engineer, and, on the basis of these, account for how different modes of expression influence the audience's understanding of the contents
  • use the writing process as well as some common tools for reference management and text production to develop his/her own writing and adapt it to situation and text type
  • apply a basic understanding of writing in the engineering profession in the production of different scientific texts, popular science texts, and other types of text relevant to the computer engineer
  • critically review texts written by other students

in order to

  • gain an understanding of his/her own writing process and ability to develop his/her writing
  • be well prepared for written assignments in future courses and in future professional life.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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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


  • INL1 - Assigment, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercises, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

All examination parts passed.

Attendance in 80% the of the seminars

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


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Continuous training in written and oral reflection within DD1390 Program integrating course in computer science engineering. A course component on oral communication within DD1393 Software engineering. A course component on scientific writing within DD143X Degree project in computer science, first cycle.


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