AE1101 Natural Resources Theory 6.0 credits

Naturresursteori

Natural Resources Theory includes fundamental knowledge and theoretical understanding of the structure of natural resources, the great natural cycles and energy flows. This is the basis for an understanding of the state of the environment under, or without human influence and management of natural resources.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Bio-element cycling: Oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and other natural cycles. Circulating flows in which water-borne pollutants through the atmosphere and sewerage systems are exemplified. Wastewater treatment and water supply - the double loop. Strategic and technical natural resource planning and introduction of technologies for evaluation and studies of material flows, such as the LCA, with examples from the construction sector. Methods for ecological sustainability analysis of different types of exploits, such as rock and gravel quarries, hydroelectric power plants and wind turbines. Waste as a resource in the loop as waste hierarchy in relation to environmental quality. Risks related to reuse, recycling and energy recovery from waste, eg recycling poisoning.

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

·                describe the major biogeochemical cycles with the help of conceptual models and explain the recycling technology in which this knowledge is realized

·                describe and evaluate scientific criteria with different soil and water resources in relation to their use in building society

·                analyze the sensitivity and resilience of ecological systems and calculate the environmental impact of the use of stock, renewable and flow resources

·                using models of material and energy flows in society with special reference to water supply and sewage system, and create sustainable scenarios for different types of future use of natural resources.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

AI1137 or AI1136 Introduction to the Planning and Building Process, and SH1010 Physics for the built environment

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • FÄL1 - Excursion, 0.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

One written examination (TEN1; 3 cr), approved compulsory exercises (ÖVN1; 1,5 cr), compulsory project report (PRO 1; 1,5 cr) and excursion (FÄL1; 0 cr).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Joakim Riml

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE1101

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

Material and Water Chemistry

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

The course is given parallel to Geology and Geotechnical Engineering (AE1102) and the excursion is coordinated.