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System analysis with energy applications

TN0362 System analysis with energy applications, 5.0 Credits

Systemanalys med energitillämpningar

Syllabus approved



Technique Technology

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

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

50 credits natural science and/or technology, including 2 credits computational science and 1 credits statistics


The course is aimed at providing an understanding of the basis for systems analysis, with applications for various sustainable energy systems. In particular, the student will learn how different types of energy systems and processes can be analysed and modeled using system analytical tools. The course is based on previous program courses in mathematics and statistics, as well as computational science and serves as a basis for later courses such as energy systems planning and empirical modeling, applying system analysis in energy related contexts.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- indicate and explain basic ideas, concepts and methods in system analysis
- outline how a system analytical project is implemented
- clarify the problem of system identification and the scope of limitation, the validity of models and how they can be validated,
- account for different types of model and simulation tools for complex systems, especially those relating to energy and society,
- Perform computer simulations of the models with current simulation programs, and analyze the results with relevant statistical methods,
- use system analytical methods for problem solving in energy contexts, and
- implement model adaptation, sensitivity analysis and optimisation of energy systems for a sustainable development.


System analysis involves mathematical/statistical analysis and modeling of complex systems, with the aim of understanding, optimising and predicting system characteristics and behavior under different conditions. Stability, sensitivity and resilience are treated as well as chaotic and stochastic processes. Depending on the nature of the problem, well-defined systems can be described using different types of models: e.g. static/dynamic, deterministic/stochastic, local/global, and combinations of these. Current issues related to energy are dealt with and described from a systems perspective, discussing alternative solutions, as well as how the system/model is influenced by different factors. System analysis also includes issues and methods related to theory of science.

The theory is given in the form of lectures. Part of the course consists of computer exercises and projects during which the students build, simulate, analyse and validate models of different types. Emphasis is placed on the student’s understanding of the connection between structure and behavior of a system. General techniques such as model adaptation, sensitivity analysis and optimisation are treated and practiced in the computer exercises. Particular focus is placed on energy systems for a sustainable development.

Formats and requirements for examination

Written examination, oral and written examination of project work and written presentation of computer exercises.
Approved course requires passed written examination, passed project work and passed computer exercises
  • 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: TN0286, TN0343
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) System och modell - En introduktion till systemanalysen
Author: Gustafsson, Lanshammar, Sandblad
ISBN: 91-44-18551-0
Comments: Kursen baseras på denna bok, men även annan systemanalysliteratur kan användas
2) Systems and Systems Theory
Author: M-O Olsson & G Sjöstedt
Comments: Bra översikt av systemanalysens bakgrund och basbegrepp
3) Schools of Systems Thinking
Author: M-O Olsson
Comments: Detta bokkapitel visar på hur systemanalysen förhåller sig till andra ämnen och metoder
4) System Features, Dynamics, and Resilience
Author: H Liljenström & U Svedin
ISBN: 981-238-918-0
Comments: Inledningkapitlet till boken "Micro-Meso-Macro - Addressing Complex Systems Couplings" (H Liljenström & U Svedin, red).
5) Studying Dynamic and Stochastic Systems Using Poisson Simulation
Author: Leif Gustafsson
Comments: Ett bra komplement till kursboken

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Master Programme in Energy Systems Engineering Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 12684 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Technique Technology
Course code: TN0362 Application code: SLU-40119 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 30%