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ENM035 - Assessing sustainability: Assignments
 
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-15 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: 47 - ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT


Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D
Maximum participants: 35

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

MPEPO ELECTRIC POWER ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)

Examiner:

Univ lektor  Ulrika Palme
Professor  Sverker Molander



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic courses in mathematics and/or statistics equivalent to 15 hec, applied environmental sciences and/or sustainable development 7,5 hec.

Aim

The course introduces basic concepts of sustainability and approaches for its assessment in connection to environmental measurements. The course also introduces important connections between sustainable development and environmental problems and their mitigation.

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


  • put environmental measurements and observations in a larger context of environmental problems and their mitigation

  • identify the various parts of the measurement/assessment/management process in a particular situation

  • reflect on their role as environmental scientists/engineers in the societal context of sustainability, environmental problem perception and environmental management

  • be aware of the many perspectives related sustainable development such as e.g. scientific, social, economic, juridical and political

Content

The course introduces a set of concepts and systems methods necessary for the professional working with environment and sustainablity issues at different societal levels, from local to global. A particular focus is on the way sustainability is perceived, indicated and assessed using various analytical procedures ("tools"). In individual assignments students investigate different assessment themes of relevance for sustainable development (SD) in order to present and give background to group discussions on the detection, quantification, mitigation and prevention of environmental and resource problems including their relation to the broader concept of SD. Therefore the course is focused on, but not limited to, environmental aspects of SD. The multicultural background of the participants is an important assesst dealing with these issues.

Organisation

Students work with projects indvidually and are supervised by teachers. The projects are also supported by lectures where overviews and basic concepts are presented.

Literature

Books and articles from the university libraries and the Internet is available for use in the projects in addition to material provided in the course.

Examination

The examination includes, to a lesser extent, writtern and oral results of groupwork, and to a larger extent, a written individual report.


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