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TN0354

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.

Information from the course leader

2020-09-01
Introduction lecture practical preparation
Dear Students! 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

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

TN0354-10253 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for TN0354

Academic year 2023/2024

Sustainable technologies for low- and medium income countries (TN0354-10408)

2023-08-28 - 2024-01-14

Academic year 2022/2023

Sustainable technologies for low- and medium income countries (TN0354-10210)

2022-08-29 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Sustainable technologies for low- and medium income countries (TN0354-10221)

2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16

Syllabus and other information

Grading criteria

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%

3

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%

4.5

Project report preparation

Written report

1, 2, 3

Grade

30%

Litterature list

  1. Literature list is available on Canvas course page [Literature list is available on Canvas course page] (https://slu-se.instructure.com/courses/2212/pages/literature-list)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Environmental Science Technology
Course code: TN0354 Application code: SLU-10253 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 25%