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Additional course evaluations for MX0132

Academic year 2022/2023

System and life cycle analysis (MX0132-10208)

2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31

Academic year 2020/2021

System and life cycle analysis (MX0132-10239)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

System and life cycle analysis (MX0132-10186)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

System and life cycle analysis (MX0132-10105)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05


MX0132 System and life cycle analysis, 15.0 Credits

System- och livscykelanalys


Environmental Science Engineering including Work Science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Project and laboration 7.5 0202
Exam 7.5 0203

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading 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.



Prior knowledge

60 credits, including at least

- 45 credits environmental science

- 7,5 credits chemistry

- 2,5 credits mathematics


The course is aimed at giving an understanding of how scientific problems can be solved with various mathematical and systems and life cycle analytical methods. In particular, the student will learn how different types of environmental systems and processes can be modelled and analysed, and how to quantify the use of natural resources and their environmental impact from a life cycle perspective.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- list and explain fundamental ideas, concepts and methods for problem solving

- formulate and describe the development of a mathematical model for a realistic environmental problem

- sketch how a problem solving project can be carried out

- describe and use common modeling and simulation tools for environmentally complex systems, also including model fitting, sensitivity analysis and optimisation

- describe different methods for analysis of how a process results in environmental load and natural resource use

- describe and apply methods for quantification of the effects of uncertain and varying input data in energy and life cycle assessments.


The course presents fundamental principles for problem solving with the aid of mathematical and systems analytical methods. Systems and models are central concepts, which will be discussed and applied to various environmental problems. Different types of models are presented and discussed in relation to when and how they are being used. The course also sketches how a plan for problem solving is devised and carried out.

A central part of the course consists of computer exercises in which the student will construct, simulate, and analyse different kinds of simpler models. Emphasis is also put on understanding the relation between system structure and behaviour. General techniques, such as model fitting, sensitivity analysis and optimisation are dealt with and practiced in the exercises.

Current issues relevant to the environment and sustainable development are reviewed and described from a system perspective. Various solutions are discussed as well as how the system / model can be influenced by different factors. The course also deals with energy analysis and quality aspects of energy. In addition, life cycle analysis (LCA) includes definition of purpose, system boundaries and functional unit, inventory (LCI), environmental impact assessment (LCIA), result interpretation and sensitivity analysis.

The course is conducted in the form of lectures, exercises, seminars and a project assignment on modeling where students will implement an LCA, including data collection, calculation of energy and environmental impact, as well as analysis of uncertainty and sensitivity.

Compulsory moments in the course are introduction to and presentation of the project assignment and seminars.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination, approved laboratory exercises, and approved oral and written presentation of project- and seminar exercises. Approved participation in compulsary moments
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Energy and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: MX0079, MX0080

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

  1. Life Cycle Assessment: Quantitative Approaches for Decisions That Matter Författare: H. Scott Matthews, Chris T. Henrickson and Deanna H. Matthews [Life Cycle Assessment: Quantitative Approaches for Decisions That Matter] ( System och Modell - En introduktion till systemanalysen Författare: Gustafsson, Lanshammar, Sandblad ISBN: 91-44-18551-0 [System och Modell - En introduktion till systemanalysen] ( Kommentar: Denna kursbok är en grundbok, som kommer att kompletteras med utdelat material

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Environmental Science Engineering including Work Science
Course code: MX0132 Application code: SLU-10211 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 100%