The society today lives on the philosophy of ‘take-make-use-dispose.’ In the long run, this is not sustainable as the natural resources and the waste carrying capacity of the earth are limited. Therefore, it is essential to reduce dependency on the natural resources by decoupling the growth from consumption. In this venture, both the society and the manufacturing industry have a vital role to play. The society needs to shift towards a Circular Economy that rests upon the philosophy of ‘take-make-use-reuse’ and the manufacturing industry has to be a major stakeholder in this shift. Despite being proven to be both economically and environmentally beneficial, successful examples of circular systems are few today. In this backdrop, it is essential that decision- and change-makers of the future are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement CMS for a sustainable future.
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Content and learning outcomes
The course covers the fundamentals of circular economy as well as the concept circular manufacturing systems (CMS) and the framework for its implementation. The student will be introduced to the four enabling pillars of CMS, i.e. business model, product design, supply chain and information and communication technology (ICT). The course also covers management (strategic and operational) and technical aspects including the modelling techniques to capture the systemic and systematic dependencies between the four pillars and can be used to assess the economic and environmental performance of a perceived CMS. Practical examples of successful CMS implementation strategies are also covered in the course.
Intended learning outcomes
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
- Account for circular manufacturing systems (CMS) as an emerging field in study and research
- Describe the fundamentals of the four pillars of CMS implementation, namely business model, product design, supply chain and information and communication technology (ICT)
- Describe systematic and systemic perspectives on CMS implementation in the manufacturing industry
- Describe how businesses can be transformed strategically and be able to develop strategies for a transition from a linear to a circular system
Literature and preparations
Admitted to the Master's programme (two-year)
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- KONA - Quiz, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- PROA - Project assignment, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- SEMA - Seminars, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, 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.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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.
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Student that is registered on a previous course version can be examined during two years according to the then applicable examination requirements.