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HN2024 Planning and Design of Physical Work Environments 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus HN2024 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course includes lectures, workshop seminars, project work performed in groups, and examinations. Topics covered are planning processes, architectural drawings as documentation, laws and regulations, planning methods and design tools, and case studies

Intended learning outcomes

 - Describe and discuss design projects, their management, and in which stages and contexts different sub-processes and methods are suitable.

 - Describe and discuss the involvement of different stakeholders, their roles and political navigation in the planning process.

 - Describe different methods, models and tools for planning.

 - Choose and use relevant planning methods and models that are central for the course and reflect on their usefulness and relevance.

 - Describe and discuss planning in practice.

 - Give proposals of how to design workplaces and equipment in a practical case.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At 180 ECTS credits, in technical, natural or medical sciences or in human resource studies. English B/English 6.

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

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Assignment Case Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Requirements for final grade:

Active participation in seminars and other exercises

Written and oral presentation of assignments

Finalize a case project

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

Technology and Health

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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