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ME1305 Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management 7.5 credits

The course Introduction to Industrial Engineering and Management is the first in a sequence of specific industrial management courses in the MSc degree program Industrial engineering and Management. This program emphasizes the interplay between technical problem solving and economic context. A fundamental idea behind this first course as well as the entire program is that students are trained to solve engineering problems in a business development context in technology-based companies and organizations.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME1305 (Autumn 2015–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course is the first of a series of courses within the area of Industrial engineering and management for the students enrolled in the MSc programme in Engineering of Industrial Engineering and Management. The course gives an overview of and perspective on Industrial engineering and management, engineering work and typical industries in which engineers from this area work. It also provides an understanding of the content, structure, and learning activities within the MSc program as well as an introduction to the area of Sustainable engineering and development.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing this course the student should be able to:

  • Give an overview of the subject Industrial engineering and management and its development
  • Explain how management, organizing, strategic planning and control works in an industrial company.
  • Explain and apply basic terminology within industrial engineering and management
  • Use and interpret calculation techniques as basis for decision-making in different situations in an industrial company
  • Understand problems and difficulties of change management in an industrial company
  • Display knowledge about the most common definitions of sustainability as well as knowledge on what the sustainability area contains and how it usually is structured
  • Discuss basic aspects of sustainability
  • Give account of and discuss typical roles and work assignments for an engineer in the field of Industrial Engineering and Management.
  • Give account of and discuss important actors, organizational structures, development and history in some important industries
  • Discuss and reflect on important topics within Industrial engineering and management in writing and orally
  • Search for and evaluate information
  • Understand basic aspects of group dynamics and demonstrate an ability to participate in a project group and execute group work in an efficient way
  • Reflect and discuss about her/his role as a MSc student and to take responsibility for her/his own learning

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Only for students accepted to CINEK1

Recommended prerequisites

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Exakt kurslitteratur meddelas vid kursstart, men minst boken Industriell Ekonomi – metoder och verktyg, Engwall m.fl. (2014), Studentlitteratur samt under kursen eventuellt utdelat skriftligt material (t.ex. artiklar)

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


  • PRO2 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO3 - Project, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.0 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.

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 ME1305

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Bo Karlsson (, 790 6052

Supplementary information

Only for students accepted to CINEK1.

Not open for exchange students.