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FFR101 - Sustainable use of resources
Owner: TKDAT
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0104 Project 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    
0204 Examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c   31 May 2007 am V,  15 Jan 2007 pm V,  21 Aug 2007 pm V

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MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 


Univ lektor  Ulrika Lundqvist


FFR100   Sustainable use of resources

MTS course The course contains theme environment


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


The course is based on a systems perspective. The aim of the course is to increase the knowledge about:
(i) the metabolism of energy and materials in the society and nature,
(ii) the society's physical impact on nature,
(iii) requirements, possibilities and restrictions for a sustainable use of resources, and
(iv) tools for practical work on environmental issues, for example, environmental management systems and life cycle assessment.

Within these subject areas, the aim of the course is to supply knowledge that is relevant in the future occupations of the students. The participants of the course will have the possibility to formulate questions and structure knowledge by themselves.


The course includes a derivation of comprehensive conditions (principles) for a sustainable use of resources based on a systems description of the societal impact on nature. Such principles for sustainability can be used in a model for strategic planning towards a sustainable society, for example, by industry or municipalities.

The present knowledge of some important environmental problems is described in the course: for example, climatic change, depletion of the ozone layer, acidification, and eutrophication.

The course includes restrictions and possibilities for a sustainable use of energy, materials, and bioproductive land. For example, there are descriptions of a future sustainable energy supply, a dissipative use and accumulation of metals, and the conflict between lands use for food, materials (such as fibres), and bio energy. Strategies for a sustainable use of resources are presented, for example, dematerialization (methods for reducing material flows and for closing material flows) and transmaterialization (methods for substitution of materials).

The course includes a description of some tools that can be used in environmental work, for example, environmental management systems, life cycle assessment, and environmentally adapted product development.

The course also includes social aspects of sustainability and a description of the environmental work and action in society.


The course includes lectures and work in a project. The project is conducted in student groups. In the project, the students will apply some of the contents of the course literature and lectures.




The requirements for passed course are:
(i) to take active part in a project and to perform passed written and oral presentations of the project;
(ii) to pass a written examination.

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