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ME2314 Systems Engineering, Business and Management, Part 2 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course intends to give the students professional skills that are needed to identify and solve complex problems by means of system theory optimisation, electrical engineering and industrial management. The course is carried out as seminars and in project form. Before seminars, a preparatory written assignment is carried out. The project is carried out in cooperation between KTH Royal Institute of Technology and an sponsor that can be a company, an organisation or an ongoing research project. The project further develops problems that initially have been solved with mathematical methods (mainly in the first part with Mathematics of the course). Submission of subtasks on a general systems engineering problem and based on basic knowledge, models and practical methods in electrical engineering, optimisation and industrial management. The project is carried out in two parts, first a more general perspective and then a specialisation and specific part.

Business and management issues are thus about placing the mathematical problem and its solution in a wider context with new system delimitations that include organisational/industrial operational issues. Furthermore, the group should aim to function as a team and complete and deliver the project on time and according to specification from the company. The interaction with the project provider is important. Besides the final presentation that is to be delivered both in writing and orally, problem formulation and other intermediate seminars are compulsory, The project group should give and reply to constructive criticism as review and oral feedback is part of the project.

The projects are normally carried out in groups of two or three students with a supervisor from the Department of Industrial Economics and Management with support from the Department of Mathematics.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. define a system as well as delimit to one system in focus, based on several model perspective.
  2. identify impact factors on relevant functions in the system, including sustainability aspects
  3. prepare and propose a solution to a composite system technology problem based on electrical engineering, optimisation and industrial management
  4. organise, handle and lead software development in project form
  5. argue for the reliability and validity of the project results
  6. communicate in writing and orally, with scientific structure and a rhetorical work process
  7. respond to, and review and deliver constructive criticism on presentations

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SF1811 Optimization, SF2863 Systems Engineering, SF2868 Systems Engineering, Business and Management, Part 1, completed.

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, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO3 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • RED1 - Reporting, 0.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

To get a pass grade, approved participation in all the parts and joint activities of the course is required. All written assignments and joint scheduled activities are regarded as compulsory.

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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Profile picture Pernilla Ulfvengren

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 ME2314

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Pernilla Ulfvengren

Supplementary information

Not open for exchange students.