AG2800 Life Cycle Assessment 7.5 credits

Livscykelanalys

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The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
    Environmental Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    10192

  • Start date

    29/10/2018

  • End date

    14/01/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Anna Björklund <anna.bjorklund@abe.kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Carolina Liljenström <carlil@kth.se>

    Elisabeth Ekener <elisabeth.ekener@abe.kth.se>

    Göran Finnveden <goran.finnveden@abe.kth.se>

    Miguel Mendonca Reis Brandao <miguel.brandao@abe.kth.se>

    Peter James Joyce <pjjoyce@kth.se>

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH

Autumn 18 for programme students CANCELLED

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    50099

  • Start date

    29/10/2018

  • End date

    14/01/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    Stockholm

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Anna Björklund <anna.bjorklund@abe.kth.se>

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of this course is to develop your skills of systems thinking in environmental issues, related to your own area of expertise. This course will give you a basic analyst’s competence in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
After completing the course, you should be able to: 

  • Explain the overall purpose and principles of LCA.
  • Discuss possible applications and limitiations of LCA.-Describe the content and explain the purpose of the analytical steps of LCA.
  • Carry out a complete LCA of a product or service system, including:  
    1. identify and delimit the system,  
    2. specify and handle allocation problems,  
    3. identify and use relevant data from LCA databases,  
    4. collect and use data from other sources,  
    5. choose characterisation method based on coverage and relevance to the intended application,  
    6. implement and use a computer model of the system in the LCA software SimaPro,  
    7. analyse, explain, and interpret model results.
  • Write a report of the performed LCA, applying to the reporting guidelines and terminology as defined in the ISO standard for LCA.
  • Make a critical review of another LCA.

Course main content

The course includes lectures and a group project. Lectures will cover the following areas:

  • LCA in relation to other environmental systems analysis tools.
  • Methodology for the different phases of an LCA (goal definition and scoping, inventory analysis, impact assessment and interpretation).
  • Methodology for simplified LCA.
  • LCA software tools and databases.
  • Critical review of an LCA study.
  • Application areas of LCA and limitations.

Disposition

The course includes lectures and a group project. Groups of 2-4 students will perform projects in which an LCA is performed with the software SimaPro. Projects are presented in a report and at a seminar. Each group will also make a critical review of the LCA of another group.

Eligibility

- TSUTM year 2

- TMHIM year 2

- TCAEM year 2 , AL1301 or equivalent basic cours in environment and sustainable development

Others: Open for programme students at KTH with at least 180 ECTS or a Bachelor degree for other students, as well AL1301 or equivalent basic cours in environment and sustainable development

Literature

Curran, M. A. (ed) (2015) Life Cycle Assessment Student Handbook. Wiley

Examination

  • PRO3 - Critical Review, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO4 - Project Report, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Home Exam, 2.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Examination (TENA; 2,5 hp)
Critical review (PRO3; 0,5 hp)
Project report (PRO4; 4,5 hp)
Final grade is a weighted average of the written exam and the project report. Pass grade on the critical review is required to receive a final grade.

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Examiner

Anna Björklund <anna.bjorklund@abe.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2015.