Course syllabus


FAFF25, 11 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: C3, D3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course will give a basic understanding of thermodynamics and an introduction to photonics, including optics and signal transfer by light- and radio waves. Many of the concepts introduced are of importance for a deeper understanding of contemporary technology areas, e.g. data communication. The course should also give training in scientific problem-solving techniques and physical modeling, as well as written and oral communication.The projects fall within the area energy-, climat- and combustion-research.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Thermodynamics (3 hp)
Heat and phase transititons. State equations for ideal and real gases. Kinetic gas theory and Maxwell-Bolzman distribution. The main laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic processes. Heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation. Basic combustion. The relevans of heat radiation for simple climat models.

Photonics (5 hp)
Optics and electromagnetic waves, refraction, reflection, interfernce and diffraction. Geometric optics. Resolution. Optical fibers, light sources and detectors.

Projects (3 hp)
The students work in groups of 2-4 on projects that fall within the area energy-, climat- and combustion-research of relevance to “sustainable development”, “sustainable consumption and production”, “environment and climate”, and “global development”. A basic understanding and knowledge in these fields is important for the development of a sustainable society. Each project shall include a written report and an oral presentation for a student audience.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examinations (2 + 4 hp). Completed project (3 hp) and laboratory work (1 + 1 hp).

Code: 0113. Name: Thermodynamics.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: Thermodynamics
Code: 0213. Name: Project.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Presentation of project. Contents: Project with relevance for sustainable development
Code: 0313. Name: Photonics.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: Photonics
Code: 0413. Name: Laboratory Works Themodynamics.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory works.
Code: 0513. Name: Laboratory Works Photonics.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory works.


Required prior knowledge: Basic courses in mathematics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAFA45, FAF260, FAFA05, FAFA15, FAFA20, FAFA40, FAFA50, FAFF30

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Lars Engström,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is given by a team of instructors. Hans Lundberg is mainly responsible for the thermodynamics part, the projects are administrated by Joakim Bood and the Photonics part by Olle Lundh