AL1301 Natural Resources Theory 7.5 credits

Naturresursteori

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Course contents *

Material and energy sources on Earth, and the natural resource term within the context of thermodynamics. Flows of matter and water in a circular economy where e g waterborne contaminants or resources, for example, phosphorus and nitrogen. Natural cycles of elements and anthropogenic disturbances in soil, water and atmosphere. The causes of the climate change and countermeasures to reduce greenhouse gases. Adaptation of building design in relation to a changed climate. Basic calculations of the consequences of climate change for society, mainly regulation of water and construction. Increased use of renewable energy resources in the society. Strategic and technical natural resource planning and introduction of technologies for evaluation and studies of material flows with examples from the construction field. Sustainability analysis of different types of exploitations in loose earth layers, rock and water in relation to environmental quality goals. Imitation of natural cycles for recycling of materials in anthropogenic flows. Risks with reuse and material recovery from waste. The diversity and the complexity of the natural resource problems presented by the students.

Intended learning outcomes *

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • have knowledge of various types of natural resources and explain how the society influences these

  • explain the biogeochemical cycles including the water cycle and assess how this knowledge can be utilised to create technical solutions in an environmentally sustainable society

  • perform calculations of materials and energy flow both within the anthropogenic and natural systems

  • use scientific criteria to evaluate ecological status at soil and water resources in relation to their use in society

  • apply basic thermodynamic principles and carry out simple energy calculations regarding renewable energy resources

  • draw independent conclusions about possible results following implementation of Swedish environmental objectives and the global sustainability goals

  • To summarise, orally and in writing, a relevant case study, and design or evaluate a solution.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

AI1527 Introduction to the Planning and Building Process

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Literature

  • Naturresursteori för samhällsbyggnad – Kompendium

  • Övningskompendium i Naturresursteori

  • Exkursionshandledning

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises and Field Exercise, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

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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

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ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

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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.