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* Retrieved from Course syllabus EF1100 (Spring 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The progress of technology.

About understanding and modelling nature.

Quantities. Units. Estimates. Construction of mathematical models. Formula checks. Proportionality. Model fitting. Dimensional analysis. Simulation modelling.

The computer tools Maple and Excel.

The roles of the engineer and the user of technology.

Basic knowledge in communicating technology.

Intended learning outcomes

Technology does not exist in Nature – all technology is designed by man. While the natural sciences focus on laws of Nature, the science of technology is mainly concerned with the methods that humans use to design and manufacture objects to fulfil our wants and desires. Engineering Science extends the science of technology to include topics as mathematical modelling, the science of technology, and the engineer’s professional role. These are also the main topics for this course in Engineering Science.

The ambition is that you, after having taken the course, will be able to

  • create a mathematical model for a given scenario in the steps problem identification, assumptions, solution, interpretation, validation and implementation
  • make estimates, check formulas and carry out dimensional analysis (of derived relations)
  • use Maple as a tool for simple problem solving, to serve as a basis for future more advanced applications
  • use Excel to draw graphs, make calculations and do simple modelling
  • give an account of the major breakthroughs in the history of technology and reflect on their mutual relations
  • be able to reflect on the gender perspective of the engineer's role in society
  • make short oral and written presentations of technical and scientific matters

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge of mathematics and physics corresponding to upper secondary school.

Recommended prerequisites

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(1) B. Sundin, Den kupade handen, Carlssons, 1998.
(2) F. R. Giordano, M. D. Weir, and W.P. Fox, A First Fourse in Mathematical Modeling, Tompson 2009.
(3) G. Grimvall, Basic facts and skills in physics. 2009, Fysikinst., KTH.
(4) Litteratur om genusfrågor för ingenjörer, utdelas. Viss kurslitteratur kan eventuellt bytas ut mot motsvarande litteratur, vilket då meddelas vid kursstarten.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • ANN1 - Assignments, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ANN2 - Assignments, 0,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ANN3 - Assignments, 1,5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Homework assignments, hand in exercises, participation in seminars and lectures, and didactic presentation

Since the course is based on continuous examination, presence during scheduled lessons is essential.

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 EF1100

Offered by

EES/Space and Plasma Physics

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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