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LS2440 Writing and presenting academic work in STEM 7.5 credits

In a language-focused environment and with classmates from other degree programmes, learn to structure and word academic texts effectively and communicate your technical knowledge and understanding with confidence.

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS2440 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

On this course, participants should acquire Academic English in order to display their knowledge and ideas in both speech and writing. Course participants take inspiration from both published research and successful academic work, and they can expect training in and personal feedback on:

  • language and discourse analysis
  • strategies (for e.g. multimodal presentations) and rhetorical models
  • structures for effective academic communication
  • advanced scientific English: text flow, sentence structure
  • scientific style, and vocabulary
  • handling of source materials and references

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to do the following in both speech and writing:

  1. analyse and compare the rhetoric, structure, style, and referencing in successful academic texts and published research articles within their specific technical discipline
  2. apply the appropriate conventions for rhetoric, structure, style, and referencing to describe a data-collection process in their technical discipline
  3. present results related to their technical discipline, and apply the appropriate conventions for rhetoric, structure, style, and referencing to comment on and discuss the results
  4. apply the appropriate conventions for rhetoric, structure, style, and referencing to motivate a project in their technical discipline

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in a STEM discipline, with a minimum of 90 ECTS, and English proficiency equivalent to B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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


  • INL1 - Assignments, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral examination, 1.5 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.

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

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Overlaps the course LS2439