AL2181 Environmental System Analysis and Decision making 7.5 credits

Miljösystemanalys och beslutsfattande

Environmental systems analysis adopts a systems approach to analysing and assessing the impacts of techno-economic systems on the environment. It aims at supporting decision-making towards identifying preferable alternatives in different domains and levels of social action. This course deals with different decision-making situations that engineers face in their work, and with the estimation of the direct and indirect consequences to the environment and people that decisions carry. The course takes on an applied focus that covers a range of tools for assessing the consequences of decisions, thereby providing the skills for improving environmental decision making in companies and other organizations.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

In lectures and seminars, central principles of environmental decision making will be explained and discussed, including:

·         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, integrated assessment.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • characterise a specific environmental decision situation;
  • describe the key characteristics of the main environmental systems analysis tools;
  • understand the decision-context dependency in the choice of appropriate tools;
  • explain and analyze how a specific environmental systems analysis tool may contribute to an improved decision-making in a specific decision situation;
  • describe and explain what types of development trends may be expected in the area of environmental systems analysis; and
  • demonstrate an ability to cooperate in a group task work and, together with other students, produce a joint report of high quality with respect to formal issues, facts content and analysis.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *


Others: Open for programme students at KTH with at least 150 ECTS or a Bachelor degree for other students

Recommended prerequisites

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Selected scientific publications offered at Canvas

Selected scientific publications offered at the Canvas course home page.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • NÄR1 - Attendance, 0.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO3 - Project, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN3 - Exam, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Students who have not completed the course with previous examination are asked to contact the examiner.

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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Miguel Mendonca Reis Brandao

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.

Further information

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Course web AL2181

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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