Course syllabus

Environmental Systems Studies and Sustainable Development
Miljösystemanalys och hållbar utveckling

FMIF10, 6.0 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED W
Date of Decision: 2024-04-02
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Main field: Technology Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory 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


An introduction to, and discussion of, the concept sustainable development, environmental ethics, and environmental and ecological economics.

National and international targets and agreements are discussed, for example the Swedish environmental objectives and Agenda 2030.

Resource use and resource flows, climate change, and biodiversity loss are three challenges for sustainable development that are specifically addressed.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)

An oral examination. The project is individual and 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 paper, 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. The final grade (3,4 or 5), is based on the grade of the exam (2/3) and the project (1/3).

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: 0113. Name: Examination.
Credits: 4.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Passed written or oral exam
Code: 0213. Name: Assignments.
Credits: 2.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Group project. Written assignments and seminars.


Assumed prior knowledge: Minimum 90 higher education credits within the program.
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: FMIF45 FMIF50 FMI031 FMIA01 FMIF05 FMIF35 FMIF01 FMIF15 FMIF20

Reading list


Course coordinator: Alexandra Nikoleris,
Teacher: Joachim Tilsted,
Course administrator: Petra Malmquist,