Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Energy and Technology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Systems analysis for sustainable development, 5.0 credits

Systems analysis is used for describing and analysing problems within many different disciplines. This course is intended to provide basic understanding of different systems in nature and society and how they may interact in a sustainable development. In particular, you will learn how different types of systems and processes can be analyzed and modelled with tools of systems analysis. Different methods of systems analysis will be discussed, together with principles for model building and assessment. In computer exercises, you will build, simulate and analyse different types of models.

There is also an aim for understanding relations between structure and behaviour of a system. General techniques, such as model fitting, sensitivity analysis and optimisation are treated and practiced in the computer exercises. A special focus is on human effects on environment and climate, and how these effects can be minimized for a sustainable development.

Prerequisites

Knowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school is required as from the academic year 2009/10. Equivalent to 180 ECTS including 90 ECTS in any subject within natural, engineering or social sciences. Equivalent to English A from upper secondary school.

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens

11,250 SEK

Time

21 Jan - 31 Mar 2013, 35%, Daytime

Cycle
Advanced
Subjects
Technology, Environmental Science
Application code
SLU-30082
Location
Uppsala
Distance
No
Language
English

Responsible department

Department of Energy and Technology

Course leader

Hans Liljenström
Telephone: 018-671728
E-mail: Hans.Liljenstrom@slu.se

Literature/links

Here you will find the reading list for the course and some useful links

Course literature

Systems Approaches and Their Application - Examples from Sweden
Mats-Olov Olsson and Gunnar Sjöstedt (Eds.)
ISBN:1-4020-2369-3
Parts of this book will be used as course material

Micro-Meso-Macro - Addressing Complex Systems Couplings
Hans Liljenström and Uno Svedin (Eds.)
ISBN:981-238-918-0
Parts of the book will be used as course material

Planetary Boundaries
Rockström et al.

Handouts
Hans Liljenström and others

Article for Carole Crumley
For lecture Tuesday 5 Feb

Carole Crumley mtrl

Ethnography as a nonlinear dynamic system
M. Agar
Article for Carole Crumley lecture on Tuesday 5 Feb

Managing Complexity through Nodal Networks
K. Papp & J. Alcorn
Article for Carole Crumley's lecture on Tuesday 5 Feb

Bibliography
Carole Crumley

Disciplines charts
Carole Crumley

Lecture notes
Carole Crumley

Lecture PPT
Carole Crumley

Old exams

Exam 110209
Hans Liljenström

Exam 120215
Hans Liljenström

Lecture notes

Lecture 1
Hans Liljenström
First lecture, Monday 21 Jan, 2013

Lecture 2
Hans Liljenström
Lecture 2 on Tuesday 22 Jan

Lecture 3
Hans Liljenström
Lecture 3 (and 4) on Wednesday 23 Jan (and later)

Lecture 6
Hans Liljenström
Lecture Tuesday 29 Jan

Lecture 7
Hans Liljenström
Lecture on Tuesday 5 Feb

Carole Crumley lecture
Carole Crumley
Lecture by Carole Crumley on Tuesday 5 Feb

Lecture on simulations
Hans Liljenstrom
Lecture on Monday 18 Feb

Uno Svedin lecture
Uno Svedin
Lecture on Wednesday 20 Feb

Chapters from Systems Approaches

Systems and Systems Theory
M-O Olsson & G Sjöstedt
This is a good overview of the basic ideas in systems theory

Schools of Systems Thinking - Developments in Systems Methodology
M-O Olsson
Chapter 2 in "Systems Approaches and Their Application"

Chapters from Micro-Meso-Macro

System Features, Dynamics, and Resilience
Liljenström & Svedin (2005)
Chapter 1 of the Micro-Meso-Macro book

Bridges, Connections and Interfaces
U Svedin & H Liljenström
Chapter 17 of the Micro-Meso-Macro book

Studying Dynamic and Stochastic Systems Using Poisson Simulation
L Gustafsson
Chapter 8 of the Micro-Meso-Macro book

Planetary Boundaries

Planetary Boundaries
Rockström et al.

Planetary Boundaries - long version
Rockström et al.

Planetary Boundaries - supplement
Rockström et al.

Links

Evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed, click here to see the results.

Grading criteria


Contacts

Kursledare

Hans Liljenström
energi och teknik, biometri och systemanalys
Hans.Liljenstrom@slu.se
018-671728

Lärare

Sven Smårs
energi och teknik, kansli
sven.smars@slu.se
018-672633

Alfredo de Toro
energi och teknik, lantbrukets teknik och system
alfredo.de.toro@slu.se
018-671846

Hans Liljenström
energi och teknik, biometri och systemanalys
Hans.Liljenstrom@slu.se
018-671728

Student representative

Oskar Nielsen
osnn0001@stud.slu.se

Syllabus

TN0268 Systems analysis for sustainable development, 5.0 credits

Systemanalys för hållbar utveckling

The course is given Sustainable Development - Master´s Programme, Soil and Water Management - Master´s Programme and EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science

Syllabus approved: 2008-06-02  (From AS 2008 to SS 2014)

Versions:     1.  AS 2008  -  SS 2014
2.  AS 2014  -  

Subjects: Technology/Environmental Science

Education cycle: Advanced cycle

Advanced study in the main field: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified (AXX)

Marking scale: 5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Prerequisites:
Knowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school is required as from the academic year 2009/10.
Equivalent to 180 ECTS including 90 ECTS in any subject within natural, engineering or social sciences.

Equivalent to English A from upper secondary school.

Objective:
The objective of this course is to provide basic understanding of different systems in nature and society and how they can interact in a sustainable development. In particular, the student will learn how different types of systems and processes can be analyzed and modelled with tools of systems analysis. A holistic approach is central in the course.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- list and explain basic ideas, concepts and methods in systems analysis,
- summarize how a project in systems analysis is carried out,
- analyse and explain the problems involved in systems identification and system boundaries,
- describe different methods in systems analysis applicable to primarily biological, ecological, environmental and technical systems, and especially analyse interactions between such systems for a sustainable development,
- have basic insight and skill in the most usual types of modelling and simulation tools for complex systems, in particular for socio-natural systems.

Content
Systems analysis is used for describing and analysing problems within many different disciplines, and is therefore highly interdisciplinary in its character. Depending on the perspective, reality can be considered as a set of systems, which can be described with the aid of various types of models, e.g. static/dynamic, deterministic/stochastic, local/global, or a combination of these.
Problems related to sustainable development, and of current interest, will be presented and discussed from a systems analysis perspective. Different solutions with methods from systems analysis will be discussed, together with how the system (model) is affected by various factors.
A central part of the course consists of computer exercises, where the student builds, simulates and analyses different types of models. A major effort is also devoted to the understanding of the relation between structure and behaviour of a system. General techniques, such as model fitting, sensitivity analysis and optimisation are treated and practiced in the computer exercises. A special focus is on human effects on environment and climate, and how these effects can be minimized for a sustainable development.
The course has the following main parts:
- problem analysis, based on current problems related to sustainable development,
- the systems analysis perspective, concepts and theory,
- the methodology of systems analysis,
- construction and simulation of static and dynamic models,
- applications with examples for current problems related to sustainable development,
- project work, related to the background and interest of the student,
- computer exercises: Use of computer simulation for description, analysis and understanding of complex systems, and practice of different general techniques.

Implementation
    Scheduled activities Hours Compulsory
     - Lectures approx. 25
     - Laboratory work approx. 40 Yes
     - Examination and evaluation approx. 5
    Individual studies, not scheduled
     - Literature studies approx. 40
     - Individual tasks approx. 25

    Total approx. 135

Examination:
Written examination, report of project work, and computer lab reports.

Requirements for examination:
Passed examination, and approved project assignment and lab reports.

Responsible department
Department of Energy and Technology

Location
Uppsala


Department of Energy and Technology, SLU
Lennart Hjelms väg 9, P.O. Box 7032, SE-750 07 Uppsala, SWEDEN +46 18 67 10 00, Org.nr: 202100-2817