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Academic year
FFR141 - Complex systems seminar  
Seminarier inom komplexa system
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPCAS
7,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics

The course is only available for students having the course in their program plan
Teaching language: English
Application code: 11123
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: A
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Project, part A 3,0 c Grading: UG   1,5 c 1,5 c    
0208 Project, part B 4,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c 3,0 c    

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Martin Nilsson Jacobi

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FFR140   Complex systems seminar


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The course is only open for the Master's program students


This seminar course intended only for the Master's program students runs through the entire first year. The course consists of seminars where invited scientists present their research, discussion of selected articles in the field, and presentations of student projects.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The student should improve their skills in preparing and presenting talks and obtain a broad overview over the area of complexity science. The student should also get training in considering ethical aspects of complex systems and its applications.


The course gives the Master's students practice in oral presentation of scientific topics, practice in searching for scientific information, and opportunities to discuss ongoing projects with faculty and other students.


The course is given during the entire year on the masters program in complex systems. The students are assigned into groups of 2-4 participants who work together during the entire course. During the start-up phase of the course, the groups write a one-pager on the theme "what to think of when preparing and giving a presentation". After this, each group choose a scientific theme and arranges a mini-workshop one this theme, where each student give a ca 10 min presentation. Each workshop should include both scientific presentations and ethical considerations. After the presentations there is a discussion about the content of the workshop. The teacher gives feedback to the presenters.


The literature will be specific for the different topics chosen by the student.

Examination including compulsory elements

Oral presentations during the course. Active participation in the group work, when writing the one-pager, before and driving the mini-workshop and in the discussions follow each workshop given by other groups. Compulsory attandenace at lectures.

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