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LD1009 Applied Behavioral Science and Learning: The Science of Sleep 4.0 credits

Why do we sleep? How can we sleep better? Sleep is complex and impacts various aspects of our lives. In this course, we explore the structure and functions of sleep, analyzing influencing factors from individual to societal levels. We help you develop strategies to enhance your own sleep. The course covers theoretical aspects and practical exercises, providing you with tools to manage your sleep hygiene effectively.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LD1009 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The aim of the course is to educate students about general aspects of sleep, but also about sleep disorders and how they might think practically about sleep hygiene. Specifically, the course contains the following:

  • Information about the topic of sleep, from mechanisms to society, with a focus on key concepts in today's sleep research.
  • Lectures and exercises about biological, psychological and sociological aspects of sleep.
  • Exercises in reflecting on and optimising the student's own sleep.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the phases and functions of sleep
  • Give an account of how various factors (from individual to societal level) might influence sleep.
  • Identify and design strategies that can be used to optimise their sleep.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entry requirements.

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


  • LEXA - Continous assessment, 4.0 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.

Continuous assessment. The examination components consist of, for example, multiple-choice questions, open-reply questions and assignments in which the students design, follow and report the results of a sleep plan. A final grade is given after a Pass on all examination components .

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 Learning

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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