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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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* Retrieved from Course syllabus DA1600 (Spring 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Different text types and their distinctive features
  • Tools for information retrieval, reference management and text production, e.g., LaTeX
  • 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.

Course Disposition

The course introduces writing tasks which the engineering student may encounter during and after the study programme, and aims to provide an increased understanding of the variety of texts written in computer engineering.

Through exercises and in seminars the student is given the opportunity to study, discuss, review and produce different text types such as scientific reports and articles, popular science texts, manuals, documentation and project descriptions. The exercises give the student a good understanding of the writing process, which also provides an opportunity for reflection on the development of his/her own writing. The course focuses specifically on how the contents can be, and should be, adapted depending on text type and target group. Differences in structure, form, language and style are highlighted from the perspective of target group and situation, and the student continuously produces short texts of different kinds in which these differences are emphasised. The writing process also includes practice in critically reviewing texts written by others, as well as revising one's own texts after the review.

The ability to critically review texts written by others is practiced through, for example, peer reviews in smaller student groups with a focus on reviewing and revising one's own texts and those written by others

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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The reading list will be announced before the start of the course.

The recommended reference literature and electronic resources will be announced in the course information or in a similar way.

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 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercises, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Under certain circumstances, other examination forms may be used.

In this course, the code of honor of the CSC School is applied; see:

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 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 DA1600

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

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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