Course syllabus

Miljösystemanalys och hållbar utveckling
Environmental Systems Studies and Sustainable Development

FMIF10, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

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


the aim of the course is to prepare engineering students so that they can handle sustainability issues in their future professional life. 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).

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

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

Methods used in organisations and companies.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: A written examination. The project and assignments are individual or performed in small groups. The project should analyse a relevant issue related to the contents of the course. It is presented in the form of a short scientific report, which is also discussed in a seminar. One assignment comprises economic and/or technical calculations relevant to the contents of the course; they should be accompanied by an independent critical evaluation. The project and assignments are presented and discussed in seminars. Participation in seminars is mandatory.

Code: 0113. Name: Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written exam
Code: 0213. Name: Assignments.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written assignment, including economic or technical calculations. Group project.


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