MI2501 Engineering for a Sustainable Society

Programme course, 7.5 ECTS credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2013

Overview

The purpose of this course is to enlighten possibilities and limitations of engineering for supporting the transformation of society towards sustainability.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Level

A1N

Admission

Prerequisites

Any one of the following courses (or the equivalent):
• Introduction Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
• Environmental Strategy and Sustainable Development
• Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Level

A1N

Learning Outcomes

Content

Students will learn some basics of product innovation. “Product” should here be interpreted broadly; as physical artefacts, software, processes, services or combinations of these.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student will have the ability to:
  • discuss possibilities and limitations of engineering for supporting the transformation of society towards sustainability.
  • explain basic concepts of product innovation and with that as a base be able to facilitate communication between engineers and other professionals.
  • summarize the significance of various decisions during product development for the products’ socio-ecological impacts (both positive and negative) throughout the product life-cycle, e.g., how such decisions influence human need satisfaction and energy and transportation needs.
  • describe and compare various methods, tools and incentives for sustainable product development and procurement.
  • evaluate various technologies from a sustainability perspective and present those evaluations both to engineers and others professionals, e.g., decision makers in business and politics.
  • discuss “order of magnitude” estimations and do such estimations in the energy and transportation fields.

Generic Skills

The following generic skills are trained in the course:
• ability to work in teams
• communication skills
• presentation skills

Course literature and other teaching material

• Robèrt, K-H., G. Broman, D. Waldron, H. Ny, S. Byggeth, D. Cook, L. Johansson, J Oldmark, G. Basile, H. Haraldsson, J. MacDonald, B. Moore, T. Connell, M. Missimer. 2010. Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. ISBN 978-91-7295-986-6. Chapters 11-12, pp 209-236.
• Baumann, H. and A-M. Tillman. 2004. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA: An orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. Studentlitteratur. IBN 91-44-02364-2. Chapter 1 only.
• Hallstedt, S. 2008. A Foundation for Sustainable Product Development. Doctoral Dissertation Series 2008:06. School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. ISBN 978-1-7295-136-5., pp 1-37.
• McDonough, W. and M. Braungart. 2002. Cradle to Cradle. New York: North Point Press.
• Ny, H. 2009. Strategic Life Cycle Modeling and Simulation for Sustainable Product Innovation. Doctoral Dissertation Series 2009:02. School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. ISBN 978-91-7295-165-5. Paper B, pp 71- 107.
• Tukker, A. U. Tischner and C. van den Berg. 2006. Product-Service Systems: A Specific Value Proposition. In New Business for Old Europe: Product-Service development, competitiveness and sustainability, pp 16-28. ISBN 9781874719922.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Level

A1N

Stucture - Literature

Course literature and other teaching material

• Robèrt, K-H., G. Broman, D. Waldron, H. Ny, S. Byggeth, D. Cook, L. Johansson, J Oldmark, G. Basile, H. Haraldsson, J. MacDonald, B. Moore, T. Connell, M. Missimer. 2010. Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. ISBN 978-91-7295-986-6. Chapters 11-12, pp 209-236.
• Baumann, H. and A-M. Tillman. 2004. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA: An orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. Studentlitteratur. IBN 91-44-02364-2. Chapter 1 only.
• Hallstedt, S. 2008. A Foundation for Sustainable Product Development. Doctoral Dissertation Series 2008:06. School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. ISBN 978-1-7295-136-5., pp 1-37.
• McDonough, W. and M. Braungart. 2002. Cradle to Cradle. New York: North Point Press.
• Ny, H. 2009. Strategic Life Cycle Modeling and Simulation for Sustainable Product Innovation. Doctoral Dissertation Series 2009:02. School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. ISBN 978-91-7295-165-5. Paper B, pp 71- 107.
• Tukker, A. U. Tischner and C. van den Berg. 2006. Product-Service Systems: A Specific Value Proposition. In New Business for Old Europe: Product-Service development, competitiveness and sustainability, pp 16-28. ISBN 9781874719922.

Learning methods

The course will partly be “project driven”, i.e. the specific content will be based partly on the students' preferences of topics and the knowledge needs identified during the project work.

There will be a number of lectures as a general support. Much of the mutual transfer and creation of knowledge take place in dialogues between students, between students and instructors, and through on site studies of real life examples.

Work placement

Lectures

Teachers

Examiner
Göran Broman

Course Manager
Anthony Thompson

Teacher(s)
Göran Broman

Planned learning activities

Lectures, exercises, seminars and study visits.

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes. This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.). This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits, corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Level

A1N

Examination

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1210 Student Project 4.5 F/P/3/4/5
1220 Written exam 3 F/P/3/4/5

Grading

The course will be graded Fail, Pass, 3, 4 or 5 .

On request grades according to ECTS will be given.

Future exams

Exam date Parts Entry dates Responsible Place Time
2014-08-30 1220 2014-07-31 - 2014-08-16 PXJ Karlskrona 11:00 - 16:00

To participate in a centrally coordinated examination, you must enroll in Student's Portal, no later than fifteen days before the examination.

Time and location for the examination will be published about 5 days in advance.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information concerning these examinations are available in It's Learning or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

Course period

2013-November-04 until
2014-January-19

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), Day-time, part time 50 %

Teaching location

Karlskrona

Language of instruction

English

Syllabus in English

Application and tuition fee

Concern most citizens outside the EU/EEA*.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Tuition fee: 12500 SEK
First payment: 12500 SEK
Read more

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Level

A1N

 

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