Course syllabus

Hållbar utveckling med elektrotekniskt perspektiv
Sustainable Development from an Electro-technological Perspective

FMIF35, 4 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2016-04-08

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: E3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering will develop much of the technology of tomorrow. Sustainability requirements will involve significant changes in reducing environmental impact and resource usage but will also bring great opportunities to contribute positively through product development. Future engineers need a basic understanding of both the scientific and the social perspectives that drive future requirements in order to address these aspects of sustainable development. The course provides the students with an introduction to the concept of sustainable development; major environmental problems of relevance from an electrical engineering perspective, and the rules and regulations that a product developer must deal with. The course will provide strategic insight into what will shape the future requirements in terms of environmental policy and raw material constraints.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

* Be able to describe important environmental and resource issues in relation to the demands in modern society
* Be able to describe and explain principles and concepts regarding societal frameworks such as policy instruments and legislation
* Be able to describe and discuss environmental impacts from the electronics and power/energy industries, and discuss their future challenges
* Be able to describe and critically discuss the methods and tools used in businesses and organizations such as environmental management systems and life cycle assessments

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

* Be able to gather information, critically evaluate and discuss the concepts of sustainable development and specific environmental problems, both in writing and orally
* Be able to write a well-structured and concise group report

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

* Demonstrate a critical approach to issues of sustainable development related to engineer's modus operandi


Instruction consists of lectures and seminars on some strategically important environmental issues such as klimat change, ecology, resource issues and environmental toxins. The concept of "sustainable development" is discussed. The following aspects are also included: relevant legislation, policy instruments and societal visions guiding long-term development; Eco Tools used in companies, such as environmental management systems (EMS) and life cycle assessments (LCA); environmental problems and legislation based on selected, relevant sectors such as waste and energy. Seminars based on written group reports are mandatory.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination and mandatory assignments


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMIF15, FMIF10, FMIF20

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Max Åhman,
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