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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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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDS3103 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Scientific Writing: Style and composition
  • The writing process. Drafting, outlining and revising References and plagiarism
  • Writing proposals. Peer reviewing. Figures and tables
  • Research papers: Introductions and Methods sections
  • Research papers: Results and Discussion, Title and Abstract
  • Popular Science writing
  • The publication process

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand basic principles of scientific writing for both specialized and non-specialized audiences 
  • Argue persuasively for a research idea using references to published research
  • Know how to apply the IMRD structure in the production of a research article
  • Correctly use and reference source material according to journal standards
  • Use reference databases
  • Use graphical representation to effectively convey results
  • Understand the publication process

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is intended for beginning doctoral students in the School of Electrical Engineering.

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.

  • Research proposal of approx. 800 words in two drafts
  • Test on the IMRD structure

Other requirements for final grade

  • Required attendance at five of six lectures
  • Obligatory peer review of proposal, conducted outside of class

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

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences