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TEK675 - Environmental risk assessment  
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology

Teaching language: English
Application code: 28122
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: D
Maximum participants: 75

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   18 Mar 2020 pm SB   08 Jun 2020 pm J,  21 Aug 2020 am J

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


Sverker Molander

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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

Basic courses in mathematics and/or statistics equivalent to 15 credits as well as applied environmental science and/or sustainable development equivalent to 7.5 credits.


The aim of the course is for the students to become knowledgeable about environmental risks and be able to apply environmental risk assessment.

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

  1. Explain the concept of risk according to the following definitions and perspectives:
    a. risk as function of probability and consequence
    b. risk ratios
    c. risk perception
    d. the relational theory of risk
    e. existential risks 
  2. Describe a number of important historical and contemporary environmental risks
  3. Construct conceptual models in risks analysis by applying the following terminology:
    a. source
    b. stressor
    c. pathways 
    d. endpoint/receptor
  4. Describe and apply the following methods for environmental risk assessment:
    a. risk ranking
    b. probabilistic risk assessment using fault trees
    c. risk assessment of chemicals, including exposure assessment, effect assessment and risk characterization
  5. Apply the following uncertainty analysis methods:
    a. scenario analysis
    b. Monte Carlo simulations


This course provides a broad introduction to environmental risks and environmental risk assessment that covers:
· Historical and contemporary environmental risks
· Existential risks
· Conceptual models in risk assessment
· Risk ranking
· Probabilistic risk assessment
· Risk assessment of chemicals
· Uncertainty analysis
· Social science perspectives on risk


The course is given by the division of Environmental Systems Analysis at the department of Technology Management and Economics. The course consists of a written exam, lectures, literature seminars and exercises. Lecture handouts and other information can be found at the course's webpage.


The course literature consists of a selection of relevant book chapters, reports and articles in the environmental risk assessment field. All are available via Chalmers' library and/or have open internet access.

Examination including compulsory elements

A written exam (not on computer) covers the course literature and the lectures. The maximum points possible on the written exam is 50. In addition, 1 bonus point is given for each of the following learning activates if completed correctly: 2 literature seminars and 2 exercises. The maximum number of points on the whole course is thus 54. Fail is given for <25 points,="" 3="" is="" given="" for="" 25-35="" points,="" 4="" is="" given="" for="" 35-45="" points="" and="" 5="" is="" given="" for="">45 points.

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.