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Environmental Engineering BA (B), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), 7.5 credits

General data

Code: MÖ026G
Subject/Main field: Miljöteknik
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (B)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Date of change: 5/21/2018
Version valid from: 4/1/2018


The overall aim of the course is to develop skills in systems thinking based upon life cycle assessment as a tool for evaluation and understanding. The aim is also that the student should be able to use basic scientific methodology and get training in environmental analysis.

Course objectives

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to
- apply the methods presented and be able to explain the basic principles of Material flow accounting, Material flow analysis/Substance flow analysis and Life cycle assessment (LCA)
- identify the most relevant flows from an environmental perspective in societal technical systems.
- discuss applications and limitations with LCA
- write an LCA-report according to the criteria and terminology given in ISO14040.


The course includes lectures as a base, and an LCA project work. The lectures cover basic principles for LCA supported by applicable ISO standard, methodology how to perform an LCA-study, critical analysis of the result and relation to societal sustainability goals and out from this an overall result analysis.

Entry requirements

Environmental Engineering BA (A), 15 credits.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Lectures, seminars and a project work.

Examination form

Written exam, 4.5 credits
Grading: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. The grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Written report and oral presentation of the project work, 3 credits
Grading: Pass or Fail, G/U

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Baumann H., Tillman A.-M.
Title: Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA. An oreintation in life cycle assessment methodology and application
Edition: 2004 or later version
Publisher: Studentlitteratur

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