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FKA3020 Supervision Methodology for Undergraduate Projects 6.0 credits

The course aims to develop supervision skills in both theory and practice. Supervisory strategies are then applied in practice through the supervision of a group of students working with a chemistry related project.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKA3020 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The course includes a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part consists of seminars and exercises including problem-based discussion that illustrates real-life situations encountered while supervising. During the practical part participants will supervise students pursuing first level students project at CHE. A project with a sustainability perspective is designed for this purpose and is supervised by the participant.

Time required for course

21h Seminars,

59h Own studies, preparation of assignments and home exam.

80h practical supervision of students.

Course contents

  • basic knowledge of supervision about supervision by defining the role and responsibilities of the supervisor and the student
  • different supervision strategies and students' learning styles
  • maintaining a professional working relation
  • to communicate feedback
  • handling conflicts

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the course participant is expected to:

  • have knowledge and understanding of basic scientific theories in pedagogy with significance for supervision,
  • be able to practically apply adequate pedagogical methods as supervisor by taking into account the student’s commitment, commitment, background and learning strategies,
  • be able to supervise students individually and in groups using methodology that promotes effective and in-dept learning strategies, as well as plan and design learning activities for supervision of sustainable project within chemistry
  • actively reflect on their own role as supervisor, and maintain a professional working relationship with students based on good communication (meta-communication) and constructive feedback.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

A master degree in chemistry or chemical engineering .


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Scientific articles distributed during the course.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Home exam, 3.0 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.

The examination consists of a home exam and an assignment based on completed practical supervisory task.

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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Cristina Al-Khalili Szigyarto,

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

Group size: 20

The course is designed for doctoral students and postdocs at KTH.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/School-wide