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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK335 - Sustainable development
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIEPL
7,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0109 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: UG   7,5 c    

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Bitr professor  Björn Johansson


Environment 7,5 hec


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

The eligibility requirements to the programme Economics and manufacturing technology.


The aim of the course is to provide a basic competence within the concept of Sustainable development and methods for achieving more sustainable production systems and products.

The course also aims at giving understanding of the complex connections that affects ecological, social and economical adoption of products and production processes seen in a life cycle perspective. And to offer possibilities for the student to reflect on the different levels of influence based on the role as a production engineer as well as an member of the society.

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

  • understand the current state of our planet, considering population growth, human needs, resources, technology systems and the limitations and problems between humans and the environment.

  • be aware of the complexity of human needs facing eachother in the environmental constraints, which also includes human relations such as conflicts, relations between different generations and democracy.

  • perform qualified environmental analyses regarding sustainability at an adequate level.

  • differ between facts and valuations within sustainable development issues.

  • work with large comprehensive problems by identifying and delimiting them into a manageable size.

  • have shown maturity when it comes to choosing the level of difficulty and details during the written and oral presentations of the work
    Use problem solving techniques and critical thinking combined with  creativity to improve ecological, social and economical aspects within the production engineers main competence area.


During the first weeks of the course contains a general introduction to the area of sustainable development where important questions are treated from a systems/societal, organizational/corporate and individual perspective.
The purpose of discussing sustainability on different levels is to facilitate the orientation through different sections of the course, and to point out how problems related to sustainability affect each level area and how various goal conflicts are created between the levels. As individuals we are, on a daily basis, involved on all three levels and have different possibilities of influencing, depending on our position, for example as students or engineers.
After this general part of the course the focus is turned towards the professional questions, that is, how I as a future engineer within production and production management can influence in the direction of sustainable development. This part of the course has its main focus on an applied project, supported by lectures and laborations. During the applied project the student make use of  theories and methods taught during the former part of the course.


The education is done partially through a theory section with lectures as well as practice sessions such as laboratory experiments and discussion tasks.


- Plan B 4.0 (.pdf document available through Pingpong)
- A number of publications available on PingPong
- Materials from Lectures


In order to pass the course the student needs to;


  • Pass the quiz

  • Pass written and oral presentations

  • Pass laboratory exercises and Project work.

  • Be present on ( at least 80 %) lectures and tutoring.


Possible grades are: Fail, Pass.

Page manager Published: Thu 04 Feb 2021.