Life Cycle Assessment
2014-2015 - TØL4151 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

TØL 4041 Sustainable Development

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is supposed to


  • be able to define, execute and select methods and tools to assess sustainability performance of various concepts .
  • knowledge of environmental indicators and their background


  • ability to use appropriate evaluation or assessment methods to identify and analyze the sustainability performance of concepts
  • ability to define and describe the object of assessment for different situations and systems
  • ability to utilize and evaluate results from Life Cycle Assessment tools

General competence

  • ability to evaluate scientific ethical implications
  • understanding of sustainability performance in general


Methods and tools for assessment of environmental sustainability (including life cycle analysis)

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) according to ISO 14040
  • Characterisation, Classification and Normalisation
  • Re-use and recycling
  • Attributional and consequential LCA
  • Use of tools as SimaPro
  • Overview of research on sustainability

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.

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