Water research school

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Water, sustainable development and LCA

Course syllabus: Water, sustainable development and LCA
Dates for the course meetings
29-30 Jan 2020 in Luleå
4-5 March 2020 in Gothenburg

Basic course information
Swedish name: Vatten, hållbar utveckling och livscykelanalyser
Education level: Third cycle
Grade: Fail/Pass; U/G
Subject: Urban Water Engineering
Entry requirements: This course is open for PhD students within the urban water area. For external course participants, a Master Exam within Environmental Engineering or similar is needed.
Course examiner: Associate professor Annelie Hedström (the entire course), Associate professor Thomas Pettersson (for those only taking part 2)
Responsible teachers in the course: Bitr. Prof Carina Lundmark, LTU, and Dr Anna Krook-Riekkola, LTU, for the parts that relate to sustainable development, and Prof. Anne-Marie Tillman, Chalmers, and Prof. Greg Peters, Chalmers, for the LCA part of the course.

Learning objectives
After completing the course, participants shall have the ability to:
Describe and critically relate to the concept of sustainable development at national and global levels; how it has evolved over time, its various contemporary definitions and interpretations, and different ethical perspectives.
Exemplify the interaction and possible conflicts between different sustainability aspects (ecological, economic and social), with particular focus on water and the course participant’s PhD project.
Understand the logic of life cycle assessment and have the ability to act as a commissioner of LCA studies, engage in dialogue on a qualified level with LCA practitioners and read LCA reports in order to extract useful implications
Describe aspects of life cycle assessment methods that are particular to the evaluation of water services.

This course is divided into two parts. The first part includes water and sustainable development with one physical meeting in Luleå. The second part includes LCA analysis with one physical meeting in Gothenburg.

The first part of the course is carried out as a distance course with one physical meeting. Prior to the physical meeting two tasks should be carried out, and three tasks should be carried out after the physical meeting. Before the meeting: 1) read the assigned articles on the concept of sustainability and environmental ethics, and 2) submit pre-inputs in line with instructions. After the meeting: 3) prepare and submit an assignment on the role of sustainable development in your own PhD project, 4) read and comment on assignments from 3-4 other participants, and finally 5) update your assignment considering the input from your teachers and fellow participants.

During the physical meeting, lectures and seminar discussions will be carried out. Four weeks prior to the physical meeting, course information, instructions and articles will be sent out.

In the second part of the course, some preparatory reading materials on LCA methods and questions for participants to consider prior to the physical meeting will be distributed two weeks ahead of the physical meeting. The answers will be discussed during the physical meeting. During the meeting lectures will be presented and LCA exercises (qualitative and quantitative) will be performed, preparing the students for the project assignment. The assignment will be an LCA goal and scope definition on a subject relevant to the student’s PhD project. C) The project assignment should be delivered to the teachers within the 4 weeks after the course meeting.

The first part of the course is examined by an assignment submitted after the physical meeting and active participation in group discussions at the physical meeting.

The second part of the course is examined by the final project assignment sent in after the physical meeting. Additionally, full and active participation at the physical meeting is part of the examination.