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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus KH1241 (Autumn 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  1. Ecological carrying capacity
  2. Sustainable development
  3. Important environmental threats and its effect on humans and ecosystems
  4. Tools, strategies and means of control for a better environment
  5. Chemical hazards, origin and elimination; overview of foreign substances and their influence on the human body; chemical law

Intended learning outcomes

The overall objective in this course is to give basic knowledge in chemical hazards, and fundamental knowledge and understanding in different strategies and measures of sustainable development, both national and international, and with a systems analysis method find the reasons behind different environmental problems.

After concluding this course the student should be able to:

  • describe and explain basic environmental and chemical hazards
  • describe important global and national environmental threats
  • describe the three dimensions related to the concept of ”sustainable development”; give a historical overview, and describe the global and international strategies and goals
  • describe means of control and tools used in industry and society to decrease the environmental impact from an activity or a product
  • in a given subject search for scientific literature from the Internet and in libraries, and with a systems analysis method, in a written report, analyse environmental problems and suggest solutions
  • show references and bibliography in a written report
  • give an oral presentation of a written report
  • oppose to a written report

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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

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

Recommended prerequisites

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Brandt & Gröndahl: Kompendium i miljöskydd, del 4, "Miljöeffekter", Industrial Ecology, KTH, 2000

Texts from "Miljöbalken" (the Environmental Code)
"ISO 14001 fyller 10 år" (10th Anniversary of ISO 14001)

Ekonomiska styrmedel för miljöns skull (Economic incentives for the environment)

Lecture notes

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


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: 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

Passed examination (TEN1; 4 credits)
Excersised passed and presented at seminar (SEM1; 2 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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KH1241

Offered by

CHE/Engineering Pedagogics

Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

KH1341 Environmental Technology

Supplementary information

Will be replaced by the course KH1242 form autumn term 2012.