FLH3000 Basic Communication and Teaching 3.0 credits

Grundläggande kommunikations- och undervisningslära

This course is aimed for PHD students who also work with different kinds of teaching. The course consists of group meetings and field studies. The main objective with the course is to provide an opportunity to develop a foundation which enables the development of the participants’ lectures and their students’ learning.

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Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

As a new teacher assistant within higher education demands of awareness are put on the teacher within all aspects of teaching. One has to be able to activate and motivate the students, describe one’s subject in an understandable way, have an ability to assess the students’ understanding and know parts of the students’ previous knowledge. Furthermore, one is often required to give good advice to students when tutoring, coaching and discussing with students. All this often require, or is improved by, preparation, practice and reflection together with reading and sharing experiences and ideas about teaching and learning with others, which this course aims to help you with.

Intended learning outcomes *

Intended learning outcomes

• Show an ability to associate and choose basic concepts, materials, methods and conditions that will be integrated to teaching and learning in higher education.

• Present and explain, both orally and in written form, topics within one’s field of study supported by notions of teaching and learning in higher education.

• Identify the most interesting aspects of a subject, lecture, study or article from a student’s perspective, and communicate them in a clear and interesting way to create student action in the learning process.

• Study a field of teaching and learning, analyse and relate findings to your own teaching practice.

• Give and receive feedback, focusing on analysing, assessing and developing the participants’ teaching and learning.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Only for registered PHD students at KTH

Recommended prerequisites

Basic communication and teaching is a course offered only to PhD students teaching at KTH.


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Bain, K., What the best college teachers do. 2004

The book is available online in Canvas.

Other articles, links and films are provided via Canvas.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Written assignment, 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 examinations in the course are: design, delivery and feedback of a teaching activity, field work and written home assignments in form of reflections.

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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Mikael Cronhjort

Further information

Course web

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Course web FLH3000

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Margareta Bergman (margberg@kth.se)

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.

Supplementary information

Only registered PhD Students at KTH can apply for the course.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences