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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
VTA151 - Individual preparation course
Individuell förberedningskurs
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The course is only available for students having the course in their program plan
Teaching language: English
Application code: 38115
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 32

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0101 Project 7,5 c Grading: UG   4,0 c 3,5 c    

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Wolfgang Kropp

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Undergraduate profile: Major in Architecture and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Urban Planning or equivalent background.


Acoustics being as interdisciplinary field with students participating in the course from diversely different backgrounds demands special attention and measures to support students at an individual level. The course provides besides others the relevant skills in mathematics, signal processing, and programming techniques. The course has a strong focus on working in groups and supports active learning.

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

-Formulate a problem and decide on appropriate models
-Critically discuss and evaluate the results of models
-Apply signal processing for acoustic applications
-Explain and apply the basic physics and mathematics needed as minimum requirement in the field of acoustics (e.g. Fourier transform, complex notation)
-Apply Matlab programming to a variety of simpler acoustic problems
-Actively take part in their own education by defining their own learning goals, selecting independent the required actions to improve where necessary and by developing confidence in their own specific way of learning
-Identify ethical aspects in sound and vibration in consulting assignments and research, and perform a systematic analysis and judgment of theses ethical issues
-Collect information on a specific topic and prepare this information in a pedagogic way to be transferred to other colleagues
-Carry out the different steps of the work inside a team with distributed tasks
-Communicate results colleagues and teachers in appropriate form


The course content has been developed in order to support students in their participation in Sound and Vibration. Special emphasis has been put on an active role of the students in their learning situation.

Although the curriculum covers areas such as:
  • Fundamental physics
  • Fundamental mathematics
  • Signal processing
  • Fundamental acoustics


The course starts with a diagnostic proof which will give the student information where he/or she has to improve his/her skills, knowledge, understanding. The course contents is adapted to the needs of the students.


Literature will be supplied where needed at

Examination including compulsory elements

In order to pass the course the following elements have to be succesfully carried out:
  • Matlab exercise
  • Signal analysis exercise
  • Poster
  • Ethics report

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