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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus SD1001 (Autumn 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Introduction to Vehicle Engineering in a broad perspective with links to the society and current developments. The types of vehicles, their principles of design, function and operation. Scientific areas important for the design, function and operation of vehicles, e.g. mechanics of solids and fluids, sound and vibration, vehicle dynamics, systems engineering. Examples of models and methods for analysis of the function and performance of vehicles. Theory of science and basic ethics. The role of technology and engineers in society: development of the infrastructure, vehicles and transport systems in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable society, ethical aspects. Technical communication: information retrieval, oral and written presentation and the use of pictures, drawings and graphs. Basic knowledge of project work: project planning and teamwork.

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 tools.

Students graduating from the course shall be able to:

  • explain and communicate the main principles of design, function and operation of vehicles
  • discuss the prerequisites for vehicles and transportation systems in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable society
  • identify and discuss the central role of mechanics in the analysis, design and development of vehicles
  • describe and discuss how vehicles, their features and performance are modeled by numerical analysis based on mechanics, linear algebra and calculus
  • investigate a mechanical model experimentally and numerically
  • explain and communicate the main ideas within the theory of science, history of technology and thye development of infrastructure
  • plan and implement projects in a group
  • document and present their work orally and in writing
  • identify and discuss professional ethics issues
  • reflect upon their own learning and identify the need for further knowledge, take responsibility for their personal development to an engineer.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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The prerequisites consist of admission prerequisites to civil engineering program and the parallel ongoing courses in mathematics, physics and mechanics.



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


  • PRO1 - Project Assignment 1, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project Assignment 2, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Exercises, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ÖVN3 - Exercises, 2,0 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

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 SD1001

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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