Sustainable Product development and Life Cycle Asessment
2013-2014 - TØL4141 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is supposed to


  • be able to define, execute and select  methods and tools to evaluate various concepts at an early stage.
  • advanced knowledge of new product development with focus on sustainability

  • advanced knowledge of re-engineering of products in global value chains
advanced knowledge of the transformation of a new product into an innovation


  • ability to use appropriate evaluation methods to identify and analyze concepts at an early stage.
  • ability to analyze and choose development methodology for sustainability in industry and market
ability to develop new products and to re-engineer products
ability to utilize and evaluate results from Life Cycle Assessment tools

General competence

  • ability to evaluate scientific ethical implications
understanding of innovation processes in general


Methods and tools in the early phase: system analysis and decision support

  • Sustainable product development: from idea to ready product (idea generation, sketching, modeling, prototyping, testing, documentation, etc)

  • Management of development processes: 
transforming a new product into an innovation
with business, user, and society implementation
  • Design for sustainability
  • Design for environmental sustainability (life cycle, minimal use of resources, life cycle optimizing and disassembly / recycling)
  • Methods and tools for environmental sustainability (life cycle analysis)
  • Overview of research on sustainability
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Teaching Methods

Group works

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus- and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement from that is best fitted for her/his own requirement.

Seminars in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students through web conferencing systems (Eluminate, Adobe Connect etc). Recordings of seminars and tutoring sessions will be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter).

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, 12 hours
Oral exam, individually

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • 12 hour individual home exam is given a temporary grade.
  • Individual oral examination (15 minutes) may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade.
  • Students must pass the home exam to be able to present themselves for the oral examination.
  • Students must pass both parts to pass the course
  • For off campus students the oral exam will be arranged through web conference

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiners. Additional external examiner every four years, next time 2013.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit for the home exam (next August). For the oral exam there will be a re-sit in agreement with the course responsible.

Examination support

All printed and written

Coursework Requirements

  • Two hand-ins/assignments must be approved
  • Mandatory presence on seminars

The standard language is English. All hand-ins, exams etc. must be written in English.

Teaching Materials

Compendium of articles/book chapters