PNS0202 Advances in life cycle assessment, 5.0 Credits
Pass / Failed
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.
To be admitted to the course the student must be admitted to third-cycle education in a topic of relevance for the course. The student must also have completed an undergraduate or graduate LCA course, have significant experience from the use of LCA, or be able to demonstrate similar competence.
The objective of this course is to
• give the student a broad view of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and application, including knowledge on state-of-the-art research in selected areas,
• disseminate the expertise and experiences of senior LCA researchers to a new generation of PhD students, and
• help the PhD students create an informal network of young LCA researchers.
The course consists of two separate physical gatherings complemented by literature reading and a period of distance-based group work in between meetings. During meetings, invited lecturers, representing various fields of LCA research, present and problematise methodological approaches and applications of LCA based on their research and their experiences of applying LCA in various areas. During meetings, students participate in group discussions where they get a chance to learn from each other’s experiences, reflect on their own and others’ research in view of earlier and current LCA research, and discuss limitations and possibilities for future development of their work. The students will also present their current and planned work to others. An important aspect of the meetings is also to engage in networking activities.
The course consists of a mix of learning activities. An important basis of the course are the guest lectures to exemplify different methodological areas and applications of LCA, but the main focus is on student centred learning through peer instruction in the form of group discussions/mini workshops, peer feedback on individual work, and group work.
Formats and requirements for examination
The following is required to complete the course:
• Attend minimum 75% of scheduled activities
• Participate actively in discussions during scheduled activities.
• Prepare and present a group project about LCA research development in a broad perspective
• Prepare and present an individual project about the student’s own work in view of areas covered in the course
Department of Energy and Technology