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

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-11-03
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On 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.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Course literature

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