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Checklist: Course information for freestanding courses

It is important that information about freestanding courses is filled in in a clear way so that as many as possible can find and want to apply to KTH's courses. When prospective students are looking for freestanding courses to apply to, they find information about the course under the course's web page in the Course and programme directory, also called About course. Here you will find how to fill in or update course information for a freestanding course.

About course is KTH's official place for course information

You can find a course's page through the Course and programme directory here: Search course

The course's web page in the Course and programme directory, also called About course, is the place applicants are linked to from , among other places. This is KTH's official site for course information and it is important that all information about the course is filled in. If course information is missing, it is more difficult for a prospective student to make an informed choice.

On this page we have briefly summarised course information that is important to fill in and tips on how to do it well. This information is aimed at course coordinators, examiners, educational administrators and others who write and publish course information.

Checklist: Three steps to great course information

1. Short course description and image

Image showing how course information and image looks like on the course page

The course description is the most important thing to fill in. It is what visitors first encounter on the About course page. On some external education websites that collect courses, the course description also appears. It should be a concise description of what the course is about and what you will learn. You could also add something about how the knowledge gained relates to the industry or career development.

The description is recommended to be short, around 3 sentences long. It is possible to add longer text if necessary, for example for advanced or niche courses where the content needs to be explained in more depth.

It is also great to add a course image to give a sense of what the course is about. If you don't have your own image, there is a collection of images for freestanding courses in OneDrive here: Images for freestanding courses (OneDrive)
All images in the folder are completely free to use directly for About course, without attribution.

How and where do I update?

Descriptions and images are uploaded by the course coordinator, examiner or other person with access to About course (for example a communications officer at your school, access needs to be requested by UA) via "Administer About course" and the "Course introduction" function. The information can be updated at any time via the Administer About course tool.

2. Keywords used to search on

Don't miss to fill in relevant keywords for the course! This will help those interested to find the course via search on Filling in relevant keywords will increase the number of potential students who can find the course. Maximum 15 keywords per course.

The keywords should be words that you think applicants might use to find the course or the subject of the course. For example, it may be useful to include trendy words or industry terms related to the course topic. If the course is aimed at specific professions or job titles, these may be relevant keywords to include.

How and where do I update?

Keywords are entered into Kopps and updates can be made by someone with access to the system, such as an educational administrator at your school.

3. Other course information

The course page also contains information retrieved from the system Kopps. Make sure that the information under all headings on the page is up to date or needs to be updated. Consider whether everything that is important to know about the course appears on the page.

Under the heading Course disposition, we recommend that you describe whether the course is taught on-campus or via distance learning. For professionals, it is useful to know whether the course is taught physically, completely online or perhaps a hybrid solution. If the course is taught primarily online with occasional campus meet-ups, it is important to describe that. Also describe how the course is taught, for example lectures interspersed with exercises and seminars.

Is your course 100% distance learning?

If your course is taught with 100% distance learning, don't forget that it is possible to enter 0 mandatory meetings in Ladok. If you do, the course will appear in even more search results on, because the course will then appear if you filter on "Only distance courses without required meetings". Send an e-mail to  and ask them to enter 0 in the field "Mandatory meetings".

Complete all headings

It is important to fill in information under all headings. If information under a heading is not entered, it will say "No information inserted". If a heading is not relevant, for example Literature, it is better to fill in "The course does not require any course literature", "You will receive course literature at the start of the course" or something similar.

How and where do I update?

Updates can be made by someone with access to the Kopps system, such as an educational administrator at your school.

Don't forget course memo

At latest at the start of a course, a course memo must be available for the students on About course. The course memo is the overall plan that helps students prepare and plan for the course, both before and during the course. A course memo guides the student and enables the course to be implemented in an efficient and suitable way.

Read about course memo

Get local support to post and publish course memos

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Last changed: Feb 15, 2023