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Sustainable technologies for low- and medium income countries

The objective of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of agricultural technologies for sustainable development and resource utilization in low and medium income countries. Participatory research, socio-economic aspects of sustainable development, as well as mechanisation, technology transfer and resource management are addressed. The course begins with lectures and exercises covering small-scale renewable energy technologies, small-scale waste management and sanitation technologies, transport, logistics and supply chain management for resource efficiency in both rural and urban contexts, as well as soil conservation and cultivation systems. After that, a project is carried out where a case (eg a city) is studied as a system where students analyze resource flows and present technology and management solutions for improved sustainability and resource efficiency.

2021-07-01
Introduction lecture practical preparation
Dear Students!

We meet on 2021-09-01 at 13:00 in Sal R for the introduction lecture.

Schedule link: https://slunik.slu.se/kursfiler/TN0354/10221.2122/Sustainable_technologies_schedule_2021.2.pdf

Updated schedule and more course details: https://slu-se.instructure.com/courses/4611

Please have a look at https://student.slu.se/en/

You can find information about Ultuna campus if you are new and what coronavirus-associated precautions should be taken. If you have symptoms and can not attend the introduction lecture, but still would like to participate, please let me know. I will create an online room so you can participate from home.

Best regards,
Evgheni Ermolaev

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TN0354 Sustainable technologies for low- and medium income countries, 7.5 Credits

Hållbar teknik för låg- och medelinkomstländer

Syllabus approved

2019-11-27

Subjects

Environmental science Technology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

- Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits in Technology/Technique and/or Natural science
- Knowledge equivalent to English 6 from Swedish Upper Secondary School

Objectives

The objective of the course is to provide knowledge and understanding of technologies for sustainable development and utilisation of renewable resources in low- and medium-income countries. The course focuses on production and processing of food and renewable energy. In particular, the course intends to prepare the students for working with technology transfer and development, e.g. in the context of exchange programs, field studies and consultancy.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

- identify socio-economic aspects of sustainable development in the context of low- and medium income countries;
- analyse flows of nutrient, water or energy resources in small-scale rural and urban contexts of low- and medium income countries, and
- propose methods for assessment and development of solutions for improved resource efficiency with an emphasis on the food system and required nutrient, water or energy resources.

Content

The course has a student-centered and participatory learning approach, based on case studies and group work to stimulate independent studies. The content covers general aspects of sustainable development and specific subject topics related to food, nutrient, water or energy resources.

General aspects of sustainable development in low- and medium income countries:

- Participatory research and methods for resource management,
- Socio-economic aspects of sustainable development, including resilience and gender
- Development of farming systems, technology transfer and mechanisation

Specific subject topics related to food, nutrient, water and energy resources:

Small-scale renewable energy technologies
- Renewable energy including wood fuel, charcoal, biogas, solar energy,
- Draught animals as source of power for e.g. transport, soil preparation, processing, irrigation

Small-scale technologies for productive waste and wastewater management
- Safe sanitation systems, including collection, transport and treatment
- Nutrient and water recycling, including e.g. dry urine, insect production or vermicomposting

Small-scale transport technologies, logistics and value chain management
- Low-carbon and Intermediate Means of Transport (IMT)
- Post-harvest technologies
- Rural logistics management

Small-scale technologies for water management
- Technologies for clean water supply and distribution
- Integrated approaches for water management and renewable energy

The course is scheduled for a limited number of seminars. These seminars are student-driven, organised in a flipped-classroom approach and treat specific themes; either the general aspects of sustainable development in low- and medium income countries, or the specific subject topics related to the resource flows. In the introduction, a case (e.g. a village) is presented and challenges and research questions identified in relation to the food system and nutrient, water and energy resource flows. In a project assignment, the students work in groups, focusing on different aspects of the case. First, theory and project plans are developed, presented and discussed in a seminar. Thereafter, the project work is implemented and presented. In the final stage of the course, mixed groups are formed to synthesise integrated solutions with a holistic approach of the aspects covered by the different groups.

Participation in the introduction, seminars and presentations is compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

The examination includes seminars, oral and written presentation of project assignment

Requirements for approved course include
- Approved oral and written presentation of project assignment
- Approved participation in seminars
  • 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: TN0342

Marking scale

5: Pass with Distinction, 4: Pass with Credit, 3: Pass, U: Fail

Objectives

The objective of the course is to develop knowledge and understanding of technologies for sustainable development and utilisation of renewable resources in low- and medium-income countries. The course focuses on production and processing of food and renewable energy. In particular, the course aims to prepare the students towards working with technology transfer and development, e.g. in the context of exchange programs, field studies and consultancy.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. identify socio-economic aspects of sustainable development in the context of low- and medium income countries;
  2. analyse flows of nutrient, water or energy resources in small-scale rural and urban contexts of low- and medium income countries;
  3. propose methods for assessment and development of solutions for improved resource efficiency with an emphasis on the food system and required nutrient, water or energy resources.

Grading criteria

Learning outcome

Grade 3

Grade 4

(in addition to knowledge for grade 3)

Grade 5

(in addition to knowledge for grade 4)

1

Describe different aspects of sustainable development.

Discuss how aspects of sustainability relate to each other.

Discuss and evaluate aspects of sustainability, how they relate to each other and what are possible trade-offs that management faces in achieving sustainability.

2

Describe alternatives for nutrient and water recycling and energy production in small-scale context. Compare different aspects of the appropriate technologies based on function and efficiency.

Discuss the nutrient and energy flows within the framework of circular economy. Evaluate the appropriateness of technology based on their sustainability and economic viability.

Perform a complete assessment highlighting advantages and challenges of technologies for implementation of nutrient and water recycling and energy production with focus on sustainability, efficiency and economic viability. Discuss trade-offs and perform long-term planning including the possible impacts of climate change.

3

Describe alternative solutions for improved resource efficiency with an emphasis on the food system and required nutrient, water or energy resources.

Discuss the advantages and challenges of different solutions. Evaluate different systems and their potential for improved sustainability in rural and urban context of low- and middle income countries.

Propose appropriate methods and use them to perform a system assessment where different parts of the system implement the studied technologies that fit together for creating a coherent solution addressing sustainability at the appropriate scale.

Compulsory course components

The course includes introduction, seminars and presentations that will be marked in the schedule as compulsory. The project work and preparations for the seminar are compulsory. Any compulsory component of the course that is missed will have to be compensated for by handing in an additional assignment. All the compulsory components of the course have to be complete in order to obtain a final grade.

Requirement for passing the course and final credits

Activity

Expected from student

Part of Learning Outcome

Grading type

Grading (% of total)

Credits (HEC)

Preparation for seminars

Completion of preparation for all compulsory seminars

1, 2, 3

Pass / Fail

15%

7.5

Exercises

Completion of all exercises

2, 3

Pass / Fail

10%

Project work participation

Active participation

1, 2, 3

Pass / Fail

15%

Project presentation

Presentation and opposition

1, 2, 3

Grade

30%

Project report preparation

Written report

1, 2, 3

Grade

30%

1) Literature list is available on Canvas course page
Comments: Contact course leader to get access to the Canvas course page. evgheni.ermolaev@slu.se

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Soil and Water Management - Master´s Programme Soil, Water and Environment – Master´s Programme Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Environmental science Technology
Course code: TN0354 Application code: SLU-10221 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 25%