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Before choosing course

The course will provide knowledge about natural resources and environmental consequences from technical systems, technical processes and human behavior in society.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MJ2655 (Autumn 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Concepts of ecological carrying capacity, ecosystems and ecological services in relation to technology development, human population growth, affluence and sustainable development.
  • Todays most important global environmental threats (substances, sources, driving forces, ecosystem impacts) as e.g. climate change, acidification, eutrophication, ozone depletion, organic pollutants, biodiversity, water supply and deforestation.
  • Changes and conflicts concerning global natural resources such as decreasing rainforests and lacking water resources.
  • Environmental impacts from our daily life behavior.
  • Environmental impacts from different forms of energy production
  • Analyzing environmental impacts from products, processes or services based on life cycle thinking.
  • Ecological footprint – evaluation of carrying capacity.

Intended learning outcomes

The whole society is built up by different technical systems and processes used in different sectors of the society. This course will provide deep knowledge about natural resources and environmental consequences from technical systems, technical processes and human behavior in society.

 After passed course the student should be able to:

  • Describe and explain concepts of ecological carrying capacity, ecosystems and ecological services in relation to technology development, human population growth, affluence and sustainable development.
  • Describe and explain todays most important global environmental threats (substances, sources, driving forces, ecosystem impacts) as e.g. climate change, acidification, eutrophication, ozone depletion, organic pollutants, biodiversity, water supply and deforestation.
  • Describe and explain environmental impact from daily life behavior connected to consumption and transports.
  • Describe and explain changes and conflicts concerning global natural resources such as decreasing rainforests and lacking water resources.
  • Describe and analyze environmental impacts from different forms of energy production
  • Analyze environmental impact from products, processes or services with a life cycle approach and present the analysis in an oral and written report.

Course Disposition

  • Lectures: 20 h
    Seminars:  
    - 2h (intro + feedback)
    - 4h presentation of project works
  • Individual literature task
  • Project work + written report
  • Written exam - 4 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 100 academic credits (ECTS) in a program of engineering or natural science or course MJ 2613 or corresponding knowledge including documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

At least 100 academic credits (ECTS) in a program of engineering or natural science or course MJ 2613 or corresponding knowledge including documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Equipment

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Literature

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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

  • LIT1 - Literature Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

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

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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.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MJ2655

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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