BB2570 System Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment 7.5 credits

System- och livscykelanalys

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After the course students should be able to:

- Know and understand fundamental principles of system analysis and life cycle assessment

- Describe and understand life cycle assessment tools, their applicability and limitations

- Apply life cycle assessment tools and methods to evaluate sustainability of biotechnological processes

- Identify stakeholders and recognise factors that influence sustainability of processes and use life cycle assessment tools to evaluate and compare the processes  

- Communicate and discuss results and describe societal, financial, environmental and ethical influences on sustainability

Course main content

The course aims to train student's ability to analyse processes within the industrial and academic biotechnology sector, from a holistic perspective. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge regarding system analysis as well as its use to prioritize, rank and select sustainable solutions. Proficiency regarding how to evaluate biotechnological processes from a sustainability perspective will be trained through hands-on use of mathematical and statistical models. During the course students will acquire knowledge on different life cycle assessment methods and how to select apropriate tools to analyse processes for production of biotechnological products and services. A project will be performed to gain understanding of multifaceted aspects influencing systems and the complexity of analysing processes from a system perspective. Life cycle assessment will be performed for production of a given product to evaluate and contrast sustainability of biotechnological and traditional processes. The project will also train students ability to communicate, discuss and argument for assumptions enabling life cycle assessment, obtained results as well as critically assess the outcomes.


20 ECTS in biochemistry, microbiology and gene technology/molecular biology; 20 ECTS in chemistry; 20 ECTS in mathematics/numerical analysis/computer science


To be announced on the course web site at least four weeks prior to the course start


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

The examination is based on a written examination and a project work. The project work includes participation in mandatory workshops, seminars and written project report.

Requirement for final grade is approved written examination and approved project.

Offered by

CBH/Industrial Biotechnology


Ines Ezcurra <>


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