Advanced Course on Topics in Scientific Computing I

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TD322

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computational Science A1F, Computer Science A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits including 30 credits in mathematics and 20 credits in computer science, where Scientific Computing III or the equivalent must be included. If the course is not applied for within a study programme, a plan approved by the department for the completion of the course is required. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

The overall aim of this course is to offer an opportunity to deepen the knowledge in scientific computing, in an area not covered by ordinary courses. It can be done through studies of research papers, text books or projects. Alternatively it can be done by participating in a PhD-level course. In the former case, the learning outcomes are:

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • assimilate new content on advanced level through a substantial proportion of self-studies;
  • summarise and assess the content of the chosen area in scientific computing;
  • identify, obtain and use core knowledge related to the task;
  • integrate, generalise and combine prior knowledge in computational science

In the case when the course content is a PhD-level course, the student must fulfil the learning outcomes of the PhD-level course.


The exact content is decided upon each individual course instance. The content must be on advanced level in one area within scientific computing. Here, we consider scientific computing in a broad sense; applications in Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc. are well suited under the condition that they have a computational focus.


Decided upon on each course instance.


A suitable exam is decided by examiner on each course instance. Types of examinations are written tests, oral examination of a research paper or a book and/or implementations and studies of numerical methods and its properties.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course content (the title of the course topic) and examiner is registered in UPPDOK. This course differs from 1TD326 Advanced Course on Topics in Scientific Computing II, 10 credits only in extent and not in level or depth. Both courses can be included in a degree provided that the content is not overlapping.