Independent Project in Chemical Engineering

15 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1TM001

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Technology G2E
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 3 February 2023
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

120 credits within the Master's Programme in Chemical Engineering

Learning outcomes

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

  • work and communicate within actual projects according to a preliminary plan employing a systematic approach,
  • search and acquire the knowledge necessary to conduct a project,
  • plan engineering projects based on their goals, methodology, timeline and budget,
  • organise systematically and report, both orally and in writing, the results of a project, presenting them to both an academic as well as a non-academic audience,
  • define the importance of sustainable development and discuss the importance of the various roles in a groupwork, including leadership and diversity in project work,
  • provide constructive critique to oral and written presentations of peers.


The course includes a series of lectures, seminars and group activities which develop tools that eventually support the implementation of a larger engineering project conducted by students on behalf of industrial partners, including a pre-study, planning, execution and final delivery of results. The aforementioned tools provide students with basic competence on how to plan and execute projects, with a focus on communication, collaboration, project management and techniques for presentation. Knowledge on specific technological domains enter the course either as pre-knowledge or as areas which students are expected to develop during the course as part of their specific industrial projects.


The course is conducted to a larger extent as a project in team. Teaching consists of lectures, specialized work, seminars and group tutorials. Invited speakers present industrial projects.


In order to pass the course, students are required to actively take part in the planning and execution of the project, as well as to participate in all other mandatory moments. Project execution is followed up and evaluated at specific milestones, where students present to the teachers (and to peer groups) the progress achieved in the project, how this follows the planned timeline, as well as how students act in order to address possible delays. The examination also includes oral and written presentations of the project, including individual reflections in writing. Students are also required to conduct an active opposition of another team's project work.

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.

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