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MJ2682 Applied Environmental System Analysis 6.0 credits

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.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2682 (Autumn 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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, technology assessment, integrated assessment, position analysis.

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-levelled 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 MFA (Material Flow Analysis), SFA (Substance Flow Analysis), LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), LCC (Life Cycle Costing), EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) and CBA (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.
  • 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 disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 120 academic credits (ECTS) in a program of engineering, or natural science or course MJ1502 or MJ1500 or MJ2611 or MJ2652 or MJ2651 or Mj2627 or corresponding knowledge including documented profieciency in english B or equivalent. 

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Active participating during lectures (75%) and written exam (TEN1; 3 cr), Project work, including lab work and seminars (PRO1;3 cr)

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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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 MJ2682

Offered by

ABE/Industrial Ecology

Main field of study

Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Wil be exchanged for the course AL2181 from HT14