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FLH3000 Basic Communication and Teaching 3.0 credits

This course is aimed at Ph.D. students who may work with different kinds of teaching. The course includes group work, individual work, mandatory meetings, and online work in Canvas. The main objective is to provide an opportunity to develop a foundation that enables the development of the participants’ teaching and their students’ learning.


Course offerings for autumn 2024

See the schedule and application links on the page Basic courses in Higher Education pedagogy

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The course has a high demand and the number of applicants often exceeds the number of places. It is important that at registration you are aware that you are expected to spend 80 hours on the course including mandatory meetings during the course period.

The first meeting is compulsory without exception. You must attend 5 out of the 6 meetings in order to pass the course. As we have designed the meetings with much interaction between the students, active participation is necessary to make the course both interesting and evolving for you and your course colleagues. There is a preparation task before every meeting.

Choose semester and course offering to see current information and more about the course, such as course syllabus, study period, and application information.

Headings with content from the Course syllabus FLH3000 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The main themes for the course are:

  • Basis for learning and teaching
  • Natural learning environments
  • Teaching of engineering sciences
  • Feedback and supervision
  • Interviews and group work
  • Recording of teaching
  • Your development as teacher

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • apply basic concepts, materials and methods, as well as conditions for teaching and learning in higher education;
  • discuss her/his own role in relation to sustainable development with focus on learning and teaching their own subject;
  • present and explain subjects, and carry out activating assignments in their own knowledge field;
  • give and receive feedback with focus on analysing, evaluating and developing teaching and learning;
  • extract the most interesting parts of a scientific study and present it in an interesting way with focus on learning;
  • analise a chosen area of a field study and relate the findings to their own teaching practice, for the development of their own educational skills and ability as teacher in the long run.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Only for registered doctoral students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Recommended prerequisites



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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

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • 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.

Examination elements in the course are design and feedback of a teaching and learning activity, field study and written assignments.

Other requirements for final grade

  • Compulsory attendance at the first course meeting.
  • Of the remaining meetings (five whole group meetings and one small group meeting), the student may not be absent more than once.
  • Preparations are required before each meeting, and active participation is expected in discussions during meetings and group work.

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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Elizabeth Keller,

Supplementary information

To apply for FLH3000, the course should be included in your eISP.

Link to application form and more information:

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences