Course syllabus

Miljösystemanalys, livscykelanalys
Environmental Systems Studies: Life Cycle Analysis

FMI055, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2014-04-14

General Information

Elective for: E4-em, F4, F4-es, V4, W4-p, W4-es, W4-ms
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The general aim of the course is that the student should acquire an understanding of environmental systems analysis and its complexity, be stimulated to discuss and reflect on the possibilities of assessing the total environmental impact of a product or a service, and be trained in critical thinking, the identification and definition of a problem, and the writing of reports.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


The methodology of LCA according to ISO 14044 is described in lectures.Various life cycle assessments are examined in exercises: how well do they comply with the demands of the ISO standard. The limitations of today´s LCA methodology are discussed as well as possible improvements. The results of these studies are discussed in seminars.

A project includes the performance of a broad life cycle assessment. The results of the projects are presented and discussed at the final seminar.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Continuous assessment of the student’s work through participation in exercises and seminars together with approved project (individually or in small groups) including presentation, and written examination. Attendance at seminars and presentations is mandatory. Satisfactory assignments. For the project to be graded, the course director should have been able to follow the work process. The final grade is based 2/3 on the project and 1/3 on the exam.

Code: 0114. Name: Written Examination and Assignment.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam and approved assignment
Code: 0214. Name: Project.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Project; written and oral presentation


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: Minimum 130 higher education credits within the program.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Pål Börjesson,
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