Course syllabus

Miljösystemanalys och hållbar utveckling
Environmental Systems Studies and Sustainable Development

FMIF10, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-03-16

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: Pi3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Many students will work in large companies, with activities or production on/for an international market. These positions entail a personal responsibility for, e.g., environmental and resource issues. In this context knowledge is essential, not only about current environmental and sustainability issues, but also about the societal framework and about methods used in industry, commerce and the public sector.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Description of society's supply of energy and natural resources and local and global environmental problems related to the processes of production, consumption/use and waste handling.

Limitation of resources related to the demands of modern society (non-renewable and renewable resources, conflicts over land use, etc.).

Critical appraisal of the concept of sustainable development. Introduction to a life cycle perspective on services and products.

Overview of environmental legislation in relation to the environmental issues and other policy instruments. Consequences for companies and organisations.

Methods used in organisations and companies.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: A written examination. A project and an assignment (individual or in small groups) are required. The first one is a literature study that analyses a relevant issue. It is presented in the form of a short scientific report, which is also discussed in a seminar. The second one comprises economic and/or technical calculations relevant to the contents of the course, that are to be accompanied by an independent critical evaluation. The project and assignment are presented and discussed in seminars. Participation in discussion seminars is mandatory.

Code: 0111. Name: Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination
Code: 0211. Name: Project and Assignment.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written assignment, including economic or technical caldulations. A project: a study that analyses relevant issues connected to the course. It should be presented in the form of a short scientific report, which is also discussed in a seminar.


Required prior knowledge: Minimum 90 higher education credits within the program.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMIF01, FMIF15, FMIF20, GEMF01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Charlotte Malmgren,
Course homepage:
Further information: Written exam in December. The first part of the spring term is taken up by the assignments.