MJ2680 Environmental Systems Analysis 6.0 credits
This course is dormant.
Environmental systems analysis deals with analysis and assessment of the dependence and influence of socio-technical systems on ecosystems. It aims at supporting decision-making towards sustainable behaviour in different domains and levels of social action. This course deals with different decision-making situations with (in) direct relations to environment and sustainable development that engineers face in their work. Moreover, the course, which takes on an applied focus, deals with questions as for how to analyze and assess consequences of technical, economic and social activities, and how to improve environmental decision-making in companies and other organisations.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)C
Subject areaChemistry and Chemical Engineering
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.
After the course, the student should be able to
- Describe how a specific environmental decision situation may be characterized with respect to (a) the decision level on a seven-levelled scale including the global level, the international region level, the national level, the provincial level, the municipal level, the corporate/organizational level and the individual/household level, (b) who is the key decision maker, (c) who are the main stakeholders to be involved in the decision.
- Describe the main characteristics (procedure, type of results, strengths and weaknesses, main applicability) of the most important environmental systems analysis tools, including MFA (Material Flow Analysis), SFA (Substance Flow Analysis), LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), LCC (Life Cycle Costing), EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) and CBA (Cost-Benefit Analysis).
- Describe and explain what types of development trends may be expected in the area of environmental systems analysis.
- Explain and analyze how a specific environmental systems analysis tool or a combined use of two or several tools may contribute to an improved decision-making in a specific decision situation.
- Demonstrate an ability to cooperate in a group task work and together with other students produce a joint report of good quality with respect to formal issues, facts content and analysis.
Course main content
Decision-making theory and environmental decision-making; Systems theory, systems thinking and systems analysis.
Environmental systems analysis, environmental assessment, evaluation.
Tools for environmental systems analysis strategic environmental assessment (environmental impact assessment, life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis, cost-benefit analysis, technology assessment, integrated assessment, position analysis.
At least 120 academic credits (ECTS) in a program of engineering, or natural science or course MJ1502 or MJ1500 or MJ2611 or MJ2652 or MJ2651 or Mj2627 or corresponding knowledge including documented profieciency in english B or equivalent.
Bibliography will be handed out at the start of the course.
- PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
Requirements for final grade
Active participating during lectures (75%) and written exam (TEN1; 3 cr), Project work, including lab work and seminars (PRO1;3 cr)
Björn Frostell, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 08-790 6137
MJ2681 Applied Environmental System Analysis II, 6 credits
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 07.