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TEK486 - Green IT and innovation
Grön IT och innovation
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKITE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Information Technology

The course round in study period 3, academic year 2019/2020, is cancelled
Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 52112
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A
Minimum participants: 5
Maximum participants: 20
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c    
0215 Intermediate test 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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TEK485   Green ICT and innovation


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

A minimum of 5 credits (5hp) of courses within the topic environment and sustainable development (MHU).


The purpose of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of IT and sustainable development on real problems and challenges facing business firms and other organisations in West Sweden. The students are supposed to take the initiative in suggesting projects and contacting potential collaboration partners, with the support of teaching staff and other resources in the course. During the projects, the students solve problems with green IT within a framework of sustainable development and business and organization development. The problems and solutions should have a clear connection to information technology. The end result can be tangible solution proposals as well as preliminary studies with a more analytical character. To place the project in a context, the course also includes an introduction to sustainable development and innovation.

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

After completion of this course, the student should be able to
  1. Account for the concept of sustainable development in relation to the use of information technology in firms and other organisations.
  2. Account for the concept of innovation and its applicability on green IT solutions.
  3. Apply information technology methods and tools and knowledge about sustainability and innovation to conduct a problem analysis.
  4. Apply information technology methods and tools and knowledge about sustainability and innovation to draw up a requirements specification.
  5. Apply information technology methods and tools and knowledge about sustainability and innovation to draw up a design.
  6. Apply information technology methods and tools and knowledge about sustainability and innovation to produce an outline of a concept.
  7. Reflect upon the possibilities and limitations offered by green IT for developing organisations and reducing environmental impact.


The first part consists in improving the understanding of green IT, sustainable development and innovation.
The second part consists in a project, where the students together with representatives of one or more companies or other organisations, teachers and supervisors and fellow students participate in and contribute to all phases of the improvement towards improved sustainability: problem orientation, problem analysis, and problem solution. Modul II refers to the problem analysis (analysis of the organisation's activities, problems and the potential for green IT). Modul III refers to the solution of the problem (requirements specification, design and concept).


The course contains introductory lectures, exercises, supervisions and a presentation of the project.


The literature is announced at the course introduction.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is divided into two parts:
  1. Written examination of 3 hp which deals with the themes presented in the introductory module, primarily pertaining to learning outcomes 1, 2 och 7.
  2. A project consisting in 4,5 hp primarily pertaining to learning outcomes 4-7.
To pass the course both parts of the examination need to be passed.

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