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ENM020 - Applied industrial ecology
Owner: FIMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Level: D

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0105 Project 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0205 Examples class 2,0 c Grading: UG   0,5 c 0,5 c 0,5 c 0,5 c    

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Univ lektor  Ulrika Lundqvist

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.

Course specific prerequisites

The courses Sustainable development and Science of environmental change or equivalent.


The aim of the seminars is to get opportunity to discuss relevant topics in Industrial Ecology with faculty and other students.

The aim of the exercises is that the students get knowledge in a set of different tools applied in Industrial Ecology necessary for dealing with the increasingly complex environmental issues. The students should get knowledge in the procedures/methodologies and in advantages as well as limitations of the tools for different systems and purposes.


The learning objectives of the course are that the student should be able to:
- choose relevant tools to analyse societal and industrial activities and their impact on nature;
- formulate and specify questions to analyse, characterize systems, build simple models of societal and industrial systems, identify critical aspects, and critically discuss results.
- apply generic capabilities such as oral presentations and report writing.


At the seminar series, the students choose, read, present, and discuss papers of current interest within the subject area. In addition, topical cases, tools, and relevant organisations are studied. The students can take the opportunity to look into the labour market, project management, or other knowledge and skills relevant for their future professions.

At the lectures and exercises in quarter four:
The course includes tools that apply a systems perspective to analyse societal and industrial activities and their impact on nature: material flow analysis, cost benefit analysis, energy and exergy analysis, technology assessment, indicators, input/output analysis. The course also includes a presentation of frameworks and toolboxes, which give a structure for different types of tools.


For students in the Master's programme in Industrial Ecology, the course includes a seminar series during all quarters the whole first year of the programme. Other students can perform an alternative exercise in quarter four.

In quarter four, the course includes lectures and exercises for all tools and methods. The results of some of the exercises are presented orally and some written.


Literature for the seminar series is decided during the course.

Literature for the tools is handed out during the course.


The requirements for examination are:
- to participate and have oral presentations at the seminar series (or to pass an alternative exercise); and
- to take active part and pass the minimum requirements for the exercises.

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