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FDS3103 Introduction to Scientific Writing 2.0 credits

The course is intended for doctoral students admitted to the doctoral program Electro Engineering at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). To apply for the course, contact

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDS3103 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Scientific English
  • Referencing and style guides, e.g. IEEE
  • Language and discourse analysis
  • Written assignments
  • Peer review
  • Reflection and discussion

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

  1. apply the main principles of scientific writing
  2. apply effective rhetorical strategies to produce clear and precise writing in English
  3. use source material according to scientific and engineering standards
  4. produce and adapt written texts for specific STEM audiences and purposes
  5. argue persuasively for a research idea, with reference to published research
  6. edit and format text to publication standards.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is primarily intended for new doctoral students in the STEM fields.

Recommended prerequisites

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Hofmann, Angelika. 2010. Scientific Writing and Communication. OUP, 682 pages

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, 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

75% attendance. All written assignments passed.

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 ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences