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FKD3080 Introduction to Crystallography 7.5 credits

The course focuses on fundamental crystallographic concepts/understanding and problem-solving utilizing crystal structures. The course also contains a practical part with focus on single crystal X-ray diffraction.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKD3080 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of two parts:

  1. A theoretical part, which is mainly based on own studies of the course literature. In addition, there will be an introductory lecture and some meetings with shorter lectures and an opportunity for questions and discussion
  2. A practical part where single-crystal diffraction is used

Intended learning outcomes

Acquisition of the following skills:

  • Ability to describe fundamental crystallographic concepts
  • Ability to extract the relevant information from a crystallographic paper
  • Ability to find specific tools for solution of a given crystallographic problem

Course disposition

Lectures, laboratory exercises and individual works.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Crystal Structure Determination, Werner Massa.


Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral exam, 4.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

  • 80% active attendance at lectures
  • 100% participation in the laboratory part
  • Passed on the oral exam

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 FKD3080

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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 CBH/Chemistry