Master’s studies

Syllabus for Environmental Assessment



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1HY042
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development A1N, Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: BSc degree 180 credits within the natural sciences, technology, the social sciences, jurisprudence or the historical/philosophical subject areas.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the decision-making process with regard to environmental issues in the context of sustainable development
  • apply the environmental assessment cycle approach in identifying and resolving environmental problems
  • analyse the evaluation criteria used in environmental decision-making using available environmental data
  • evaluate the suitability of different approaches to decision support that provide strategies for addressing environmental problems and related societal issues, with an analysis of advantages and disadvantages from a multidisciplinary perspective.


Basic theory of science and methodology. The environmental assessment cycle as an organising principle for identifying environmental issues, suggesting different ways to address the issues, and following up progress towards those issues. Introduction to assessment methodologies including cost-benefit analyses and environmental quality criteria. Examples related to water and energy will be used. Students will conduct their own analysis of an issue and present it to their peers.


Lectures. Project work. Literature studies.


The course is graded based on the written and oral presentation of an individual project together with feedback that the student gives on the written assignments of other students.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2014

Course literature

The course literature consists of a collection of scientific articles that are made available at the beginning of the course