MJ2659 Technology and Ecosystems, Larger Course 7.5 credits

Teknik och ekosystem, större kurs

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

The course differs from MJ2655 since it contains an extra project task.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Environmental Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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 such as ecosystems, ecosystem services and ecological carrying capacity in relation to technological development, population growth, welfare and sustainable development.

  • Describe and explain today's most important global environmental threats such as global warming, acidification, eutrophication, depletion of the ozone layer, environmental hazards, reduced biodiversity, water shortage and deforestation.

  • Describe and explain the environmental impact of the individual's daily life of e.g. consumption, energy usage and utilization of transport.

  • Describe and explain changes and conflicts around global natural resources, such as rainforest losses and the lack of drinking water.

  • Analyze the environmental impacts within a sociotechnical system, using relevant system description and delimitations. Present the work verbally and in writing according to accepted scientific methodology.

Course main content

  • • Concepts such as ecological carrying capacity, ecosystems, ecosystem services and its relation to technological development, population growth, prosperity and sustainable development.

    • Today's most important global environmental threat, such as global warming, acidification, eutrophication, depletion of the ozone layer, environmental hazards, biodiversity, water shortage and deforestation.

    • Trends, changes and conflicts around global natural resources, such as the rainforest's deforestation and the lack of drinking water.

    • Environmental impact from the individual's daily life of consumption, energy usage and utilization of transport.

    • Environmental impact from a product, process or service from a system perspective.

Disposition

  • Lectures – 20 hrs (2hrs*10 lectures)

  • Seminars

    • 2 + 2 hrs/ intro + feedback (PRO 1 + 2)

    • 4 + 4 hrs presentation of project work (PRO 1+ 2)

  • Literature Assignment (Essay)

  • Group Project & Written report

  • Written examination – 4 hrs  

Eligibility

TSUTM: -

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

Literature

Will be announced at the start of the course.

Examination

  • LIT1 - Literature Assignment, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project 1, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project 2, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

LIT1 - Literature Assignment, 1.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

PRO2 – Project, 1,5 credits, grade scale P, F

TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Contact

Magnus Svensson (svensson@kth.se)

Examiner

Fredrik Gröndahl <fredrik.grondahl@abe.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2012.