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FCH3201 Planning and Design of New Work Environments 7.5 credits

The course intends to provide basic knowledge of planning and design processes, in addition to providing knowledge and skills in how work environment aspects can be integrated into these processes. This includes methods and tools for buildings, premises and technical equipment to promote the health and well-being of the individual while at the same time enhancing the quality and efficiency of the operations system. Applications will be found primarily in industry, offices and services such as health care. Lectures and seminars will provide the necessary basis for the course, and project work provides an in-depth study.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCH3201 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Planning process
  • Architectural drawings as documentation
  • Regulations regarding the design of workplaces and premises
  • Planning methods and tools, as well as examples of case studies
  • The work environment in the planning and design of buildings, premises and workplaces
  • The application areas covered include healthcare, industry and offices.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Describe and discuss design projects, project management and suitable activities and methods for various phases and contexts.
  • Describe and discuss how different actors can be involved in a design project, what roles they can take on, and the political navigation within projects.
  • Describe and evaluate different methods, models and tools for planning work environments, and to reflect on their usefulness and relevance.
  • Describe and discuss planning work in practice and research in the field.
  • ·         Suggest how premises, workplaces and equipment can be designed in practical use, taking into account energy and sustainability aspects.

Course disposition

Lectures, seminars/workshops and an individual project, partly on distance, mixed course.

Lectures 40 hours, seminars 40 hours and home work 120 hours.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

 PhD position in work sciences and related fields.


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 Course literature available by the course website and no book purchases required.

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 - Assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.5 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.

Oral and written presentation of project.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed practices and active participation in 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

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Course web FCH3201

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

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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Transitional regulations

If the examination form is changed, the student will be examined according to the examination form that applied when the student was admitted to the course. If the course is completed, the student is given the opportunity to be examined on the course for another two academic years.

Supplementary information

Additional information will be shown on the course home page.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems