SD1000 Perspectives on Vehicle Engineering 9.0 credits

Perspektiv på farkosttekniken

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: spring 20.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the first-year introductory engineering course is to prepare students for their studies in the Vehicle Engineering programme: to give a broad overview of vehicle engineering and applied mechanics, to initiate early contacts between students and faculty, to provide early hands-on engineering experience including teamwork, oral and written communication, and computational and visualisation tool MATLAB.

Students graduating from the course shall be able to:

  • Explain and communicate the main principles of design, function, operation and future development of vehicles and transport systems, and furthermore, be able to identify and explain such factors as infrastructure, logistics, comfort, environment and economy.
  • Explain and communicate the main ideas within the theory of science and history of technology, especially be able to distinguish between good and bad science.
  • Explain and communicate the main principles within the science of applied mechanics and, especially, explain and communicate the relations between basic theories, models and applied technology.
  • As a member of a small team, contribute to, and in oral and written form present and defend, a project.
  • Starting from a given technical situation and given mathematical formulas, to plan, program, present and defend a solution to a mechanical problem using MATLAB.

Course main content



Compendium: Perspectives on Vehicle Engineering. KTH Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering. (In Swedish)

Griffiths, D. F. (2001). An Introduction to MATLAB. With additional material by Ulf Carlsson, KTH. The University of Dundee.

Carlsson, U. (2004). Miscellaneous exercises in MATLAB. KTH Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.


  • TEN1 - Control test, 4.0, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Project, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Matlab, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Lectures – written tests (TEN1; 4 university credits)
Study visit to industry (gives bonus points on written tests)
Project assignment – oral presentation and written report (ÖVN1; 2 university credits)
MATLAB – oral defence of a solution to an assignment (ÖVN2; 3 university credits)

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering


Urmas Ross


Hans Bodén <>

Supplementary information

Examiner is Hans Bodén.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.