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FSD3900 ECO2logy 6.0 credits

The aim of this course is to provide an awareness of both the challenges and opportunities involved in sustainable vehicle design. This is done by adopting global-, societal- and agent-level perspectives. The course consists of preparatory reading, lectures, group discussions, workshops and assignments. 

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For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSD3900 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The first day concentrates on global influences on the transportation systems; the second day focuses on societal response to these global factors, and the third day focuses on methods relevant to the assessment of the ECO2 dimensions of ecology and economy within vehicle design.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Describe the main environmental and socioeconomic aspects that are related to the transport systems.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different methods to assess design, vehicle concept and transport systems from an environmental and socioeconomic perspective.
  • Assess the environmental effects of their own research within the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design and relate these to the needs of a future sustainable transport system

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

This course is primarily aimed at PhD students within the Centre for ECO2 Vehicle Design. However, other PhD students are also welcome to participate, and those interested should register with the course management.

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, 6.0 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.

To complete the course students are required to actively participate during lectures, discussions and exercises. Furthermore, an approved assignment is required.

Other requirements for final grade

To pass the course students the student must demonstrate in their report that they have met the learning objectives.

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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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering