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FAF3008 Research within Civil and Architectural Engineering 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAF3008 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The main goal of this course is to give a widened perspective and deepened understanding for the own research area by providing an overview of the (third-cycle) subject area of Civil and Architectural Engineering. The course also practices general skills in presentation and communication of research and the ability to reflect on ethical issues in research as well as the role of research in society. The course is divided in four parts, Civil and architectural engineering at KTH, Research for a sustainable societal development, Scientific publication, and Ethical and legal issues within the scientific community.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will give the students ability to:

  • orally and in writing present own research for target groups outside of one’s own specialization
  • discuss research results in civil and architectural engineering and their relevance for societal development
  • critically analyse and evaluate applied research methods and results from one’s own and others’ scientific studies in civil and architectural engineering
  • account for the academic research process and the researcher’s role in both the scientific community in civil and architectural engineering and the society at large
  • reflect on ethical aspects in connection to both research and scientific publication in civil and architectural engineering
  • reflect on the role of civil and architectural engineering research with respect to a sustainable societal development, based on ecological, technical, social, economic, and gender-equality perspectives.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Equivalent to the prerequisites for admittance to third cycle studies in civil and architectural engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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The course literature is announced at the beginning of each course round.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Written assignment, 7.5 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

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Civil and Architectural Engineering