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KF1070 Perspectives on Materials Design 10.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KF1070 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

A written examination examines the lecture stuff. A project task is distributed, to be carried out in groups of 4-6 persons. The moments of this task consist of literature search, problem solving, report writing and oral presentation. The subject for the task consists of themes which can be varied each year (e.g.materials in everyday products such as means of payment).

Lectures in MATLAB and choice of materials are followed by laboratory work (3 and 2 experiments respectively per part).

Compulsory educational visit.

Lectures in information searching, reference systems, plagiarism and source critique are followed by laboratory exercises.

Intended learning outcomes

After finished course the student should be able to: 

  • Describe the structure of metals, ceramics, polymers and fiber based materials
  • Describe the properties (strength, shear, compression, corrosion resistance and degradation) characterizing metals, ceramics, polymers and fiber based materials.
  • Be able to do simple reflexions concerning material choice for certain applications/final products
  • Be able to schematically describe recovery processes for the most common materials
  • Be able to schematically describe the most common testing methods for materials
  • Carry out a project in a group and present it in writing and orally
  • Search for and collect information from libraries and the Internet Perform proper referencing of scientific information
  • Critically evaluate and judge information from internet sources, books and journals etc.
  • Solve simple numerical and analytical problems with the aid of computer programs.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English corresponding to English A. For students who received/will receive their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows: documented proficiency in mathematics corresponding to Mathematics A.

And the specific requirements of mathematics, physics and chemistry corresponding to Mathematics E, Physics B and Chemistry A.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge in mathematics, chemistry and physics, giving entitlement to KTH studies


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William D. Callister: Materials Science and Engineering. An Introduction, 2th Ed. John Wiley & Sons, 2007 

Course marerial during the course

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LIT1 - Literature Searching, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • STU1 - Study Visit, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

  • Literature Searching (LIT1; 1,0 credits)
  • Exercises, Matlab/Computer exercises (ÖVN1; 1,0 credits)
  • Laboratory Work (LAB1; 1,0 credits)
  • Project (PRO1; 4,0 credits)
  • Study Visit (STU1; 0,5 credits)
  • Written Examination (TEN1; 3,0 credits)

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


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

KF2250 Mechanical Properties of Materials

Supplementary information

Replaces KF1060 Perspectives on Materials Design 10 hp.'

The course is not open for other students, than CMATD study year 1