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* Retrieved from Course syllabus MG2043 (Autumn 2021–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers the fundamentals of circular economy as well as the concept circular manufacturing systems (CMS) and the framework for its implementation. The student will be introduced to the four enabling pillars of CMS, i.e. business model, product design, supply chain and information and communication technology (ICT). The course also covers management (strategic and operational) and technical aspects including the modelling techniques to capture the systemic and systematic dependencies between the four pillars and can be used to assess the economic and environmental performance of a perceived CMS. Practical examples of successful CMS implementation  strategies are also covered in the course.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Account for circular manufacturing systems (CMS) as an emerging field in study and research
  2. Describe the fundamentals of the four pillars of CMS implementation, namely business model, product design, supply chain and information and communication technology (ICT)
  3. Describe systematic and systemic perspectives on CMS implementation in the manufacturing industry
  4. Describe how businesses can be transformed strategically and be able to develop strategies for a transition from a linear to a circular system

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to the Master's programme (two-year)

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


  • KON1 - Partial exam, 0,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: 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

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Course web MG2043

Offered by

ITM/Production Engineering

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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