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FME3549 Sustainable Industry - Creating resilient production systems and value-chains 4.5 credits

The course sets out to give the participants deepened knowledge about process industry value chains and how societal and technological development affects the configurations and characteristics. Each time the course is given, the content revolves around a theme based on current industrial challenges. The course consists of two parts, first a two day seminar/conference with both academic and industrial speakers followed by a project where participants go deeper into a more specific challenge. The project are presented during a full day seminar that ends the course.
Course offerings are missing for current or upcoming semesters.
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FME3549 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The purpose of the course is to give in-depth knowledge on the value chains of process industries and how societa- and technological development affect their configuration and characteristics with respect to; technology, sustainability and resilience. Each time the course is given (yearly), the content of the course revolves around a theme. Theme is announced when the course opens for applications. The course is built around two parts. First, a two day seminar, where students participate in lectures from industrial leaders as well as researchers. Secondly, a project, where students, individually or in pairs, specialize in a specific topic. The participating industry leaders present current trends and challenges for the value chains, which are then positioned and discussed by researchers in these topics. The projects are presented during a final full day seminar.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Analyse and evaluate process industry value chains with respect to technology, economy, sustainability and resilience.
  • Analyse how radical and iterative developments in manufacturing processes affect sustainability and materials and by-products in the value chain.
  • Position industrial trends and challenges in current research on value chains of process industries.
  • Apply research relevant to the course on a project.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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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 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 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.

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 FME3549

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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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Industrial Economics and Management