AL2181 Environmental System Analysis and Decision making 7.5 credits

Miljösystemanalys och beslutsfattande

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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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Environmental Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

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-leveled 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 Material Flow Analysis, Substance Flow Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and 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; and
  • 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, integrated assessment.



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


Selected scientific publications offered at Canvas


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

Requirements for final grade

Active participation during lectures (75 %) Written exam, Project work, including active participation in 2 Seminars 

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Miguel Mendonca Reis Brandao <>


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