Course syllabus

Hållbarhet och resursanvändning med perspektiv på informations- och kommunikationsteknik
Sustainability and Resource Use with Perspectives on Information and Communication Technology

FMIF45, 4 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED W
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: C3, D3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge regarding some important environmental and resource issues, and on how sustainable development can be promoted through political goals, policy instruments, and tools for environment management. Information and communication technology (ICT), including the necessary infrastructure (computers, smart phones, data centers, etc) is an important starting point for the course, which specifically aims at giving students knowledge about how this sector contributes to environmental and resource problems through the use of energy and raw materials, and waste generation. The course also aims to inspire students to reflect upon how ICT can contribute to sustainable solutions to societal problems.

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


The course is divided into two parts, one consisting of lectures and seminars, the other of a project (essay).

The lectures address sustainable development and its implications, and some essential environmental issues such as climate change, air quality and limited resources. The lectures also address the energy system, resource use and waste management and how they contribute to environmental and resource problems and could develop in a more sustainable direction. Moreover, the lectures address political goals, policy instruments and environmental tools such as life cycle assessment. The course will also present some examples of how ICT can contribute to solutions that promote sustainable development.

The project is carried out in groups, and the resulting essays will be discussed at seminars.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The examination of the course consists of a written exam with grades according to the graded LTH scale (U, 3, 4 and 5), a project work (U, G) and attendance at the mandatory literature seminar. For approved project work, an approved essay is required according to set criteria, approved written opposition and active participation in the project seminar. The course as a whole is graded based on the written exam (U, 3, 4 and 5).

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0119. Name: Examination.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Approved examination and attendance at the mandatory discussion seminar
Code: 0219. Name: Project.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved project


Assumed prior knowledge: 90 credits within programme
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMI031, FMIA01, FMIF01, FMIF05, FMIF10, FMIF20, FMIF35

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Karin Ericsson,
Course administrator: Astrid Byrman,
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