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Syllabus for

Academic year
VTM081 - Life cycle assessment  
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology

The current course round has limited places. Please contact the student center if you are not able to add the course to your selection.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D
Maximum participants: 60

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0199 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   02 Jun 2015 pm V,  17 Apr 2015 am V,  27 Aug 2015 pm M  

In programs

MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPPDE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Forskare  Maria Ljunggren Söderman
Professor  Anne-Marie Tillman


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

A basic course in environmental science is a prerequisite, e.g. Environmental Technology for V. The course in Environmental Systems Analysis (VMI101) gives a suitable background, but is not a necessary requirement.
For applicants to the course from outside Chalmers the following previous education is required:
- 80 credit units at mathematical/natural science faculty or university of technology.
- 3 credit units environmental science.
- Documented computing skills, for example 10 credit units mathematics.


The course aims at providing an understanding of methods to assess the environmental impact of products in a life cycle perspective. The course gives the theoretical background for Life Cycle Assessment as a method, skills to use the method and knowledge about its application areas and limitations.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- describe what life cycle assessment is and be familiar with its different fields of application, as well as its limitations.

- explain what requirements on methodologt are placed by the different fields of application.

- place demands on, recieve and critically review an LCA study conducted by others.

- conduct a life cycle assessment study and to report it is a transparent way.


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method for the analysis and assessment of the environmental impact of products. The life cycle perspective comprises raw material acquisition, production processes, use and waste treatment. LCA comprises calculation of the environmental load associated with the product under study, life cycle impact assessment and interpretation of the results. The course includes LCA methodology and applications. The application and use of LCA by different actors is covered.


The course consists of lectures, classroom exercises and a group project assignment. The lectures give the methodology for life cycle assessment, application areas, examples of applications and limitations. The exercises and the group project assignment give a deeper understanding and skills in using the tool.


Bamaunn, Henrikke & Tillman, Anne-Marie (2004). The hitch hiker's guide to LCA. An orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. Studentlitteratur, Lund

Additional material will be made available


Written and oral presentation of project work. Written examination

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