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SH2009 Project work in Physics, Smaller Course 15.0 credits

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2009 (Spring 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The project work consists of an independent work focusing on a specific problem, decided by the examiner. The project should normally be a focused study within the chosen subject area, at advanced level, The project work should correspond to 10 weeks of full time study. The work should be presented in a written report as well as orally at an open seminar.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Apply knowledge and skills acquired in the subject area in order to solve a specified project task.
  • Within the given framework, independently analyze and discuss complex questions and handle larger problems at an advanced level within the subject area.
  • Reflect on, evaluate, and critically review and compare his/her own others scientific results.
  • Document and present the work, for a given audience, with high demands on structure, form, and language, both orally and in writing.
  • Identify the need for acquiring additional knowledge and continously develop his/her skill set.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

As a general rule, the majority of the study programme should be finished before the project work is started. The examiner should make sure that the individual student has a suitable subject background and that the student has finished a sufficient part of the study programme before starting the project.

Recommended prerequisites

The majority of the study programme should be finished before the project work is started.


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The student is expected to be independent in finding and studying relevant litterature in the subject field.  Litterature can also be recommended by the supervisor.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Projects, 15.0 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.

The project work should be performed individually or, in exceptional cases, together with another student. In the case with two students, separate individual tasks within the project should be well defined and the examiner should make sure that the partition and interface between the students is realistic, and that the work for each student correpsonds to the proper requirements. The work should be presented individually, both orally and in writing, in English or Swedish. Depending on the study programme of the student, opposition of another project work could be required to fulfill the criteria for passing the project course.

The project work will be evaluated according to the criteria below, within the evaluation areas process, scientific content, and presentation. The P/F grade is decided by the examiner as an overall assessment after a check for plagiarism has been performed of the written report. For passing the project work course, none of the three evaluation areas can be failed.

A student who has not finished the project work withing twelve months run the risk of failing the course. Such a decision is taken in consultation between the examiner and the programme coordinator.

Other requirements for final grade

Plan and implement the work within the agreed time frames, show power of initiative, be open for supervision and critisism, be able to acquire new knowledge, show ability in understading other's work, and formulate relevant critisism.
Lacking respect for agreements, considerable lack of independence or disobedience in supervision. Inabaility or unwillingness to acquire new knowledge.

Scientific content
From the problem at hand, and with a relevant methodology, show a good ability to, in a systematic way, apply engineering- and scientific skills in formulating the problem, modelling, analysis, development, and evaluation. When it is relevant for the problem at hand show awareness of social and ethical aspects, including economical-, social-, and ecologically sustainable development.
Major shortcomings in engineering- and scientific skills, or considerably lacking methodology despite requests.

Present a well disposed report, with a clear presentation of the work and the results, an analysis and argumentation, as well as good language and form. Show a good ability to orally present and discuss the work.
Remaining shortcomings in the written report despite requests, or considerable inability to orally present or discuss the work.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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