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Environmental Analysis 7.5 credits

First cycle, M0002K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Environmental Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Environmental Care and Environmental Protection

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Mastering of solution equilibria in natural waters comparable to what is given in the course K0006K, Water Chemistry.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The course aims to create knowledge of various existing tools for assessing environmental impacts, energy consumption, etc., depending on different process selection, material selection, etc., and to be able to critically examine the results obtained.

After completing the course, participants should be able to
• Explain the approach in life cycle analysis and environmental impact assessments,
• Describe how geographical information systems are used to generate planning data,
• Perform simpler life cycle analyses,
• Prepare parts of the technical basis for assessing potential environmental impact,
• Explain and critically relate to the term of sustainable development at national and global level; how it arose, evolved over time, its various contemporary definitions, expressions and ethical starting point,
• Explain the economic legal and political instruments available, both nationally and internationally, and be able to critically relate to their design, limitations and applications towards the sustainable development of society in general and the development and application of technology in particular,
• Demonstrate the ability to develop and design products, processes and systems with regard to human conditions and needs and society's goals for economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development. 

This course covers
Life cycle analysis:
• Theoretical aspects of LCA: What type of basic data is required, what assumptions are made, how does this affect the outcome of an LCA?
• PC lessons and PC labs

Geographical information systems:
• What does GIS mean, how is information handled and extracted.
• PC lessons and a PC lab

Environmental impact assessments:
• When and how is an EIA prepared, what technical basis is required, how are society's interests defined.
• Social impact statement
• The legal system around environmental issues and EIA
• Project 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching consists of lectures, PC lessons, PC labs and a large project.
The lectures shall give the students the opportunity to plan and perform simple analyses as well as to be able to explain theoretical terms. 
The PC lessons are devoted to practicing calculation procedures and techniques.
The PC labs are performed in groups and introduce the assignments, which are completed later, and which train the student to plan and perform life cycle analysis and GIS work in groups, as well as to report the results in technical summaries.
The project is devoted to in groups describe, analyze, evaluate, interpret, report and present results for an EIA based on process engineering data material. The project is reviewed in two seminars, where the first is devoted to presenting the data material and the planned work to other groups. The groups may represent different stakeholder interests with regard to EIA: companies, society, authorities, etc., and shall, based on these roles, prepare various documents and pleas. The second seminar is devoted to review the work performed in the form of a simulated environmental assessment where the various stakeholder groups are allowed to represent their interests.
Assignments and project report must be technically, statistically and linguistically correct.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Assignments, project assignments and seminars are mandatory. Assignments, seminars and projects are assessed with points in these parts. Information and reports must be submitted within the prescribed period, otherwise the maximum achievable points will be reduced for the module. The total score production gives the total grade for the course, which is given with graded grades on the scale U G 3 4 5.

• For grade 3, the student must be able to describe procedures for and perform routine life cycle analyses, GIS extractions and be able to describe the sequence of an EIA.
• For grade 4, the student must be able to evaluate and interpret LCA and GIS data as well as review results from an EIA.
• For grade 5, the student must be able to apply their knowledge to new data material, interpret, report and present the results and defend their conclusions.
Students who fail five exams do not have the right to take additional exams.
Mandatory attendance at the first lecture. 

Jan Rosenkranz

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Assignment workG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryS15
0004ProjectG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryS15

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 04 Feb 2011

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021