Syllabus for Materials and Sustainable Development

Material för hållbar utveckling

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB268
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1N, Technology 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: 2011-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including Materials Chemistry, 10 credits.
    English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

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

  • Discuss the concept "sustainable development" and analyse environmental, social and economical perspectives on materials development.
  • Give an overview of toxicological effects on human and ecology from materials production and usage.
  • Discuss energy usage and energy-relevant materials from sustainability perspective.
  • Give an overview of the application of the legislation within the environmental area for material exploitation, production and usage.
  • Apply simplified life cycle assessment methodology.
  • describe the structure of the environmental management system ISO 14001 and how to implement it.


The concept of "sustainable development" and materials: environmental, social and economical aspects of materials usage and development. Energy usage and energy relevant materials are studied from the perspective of sustainable development. Different types of materials environmental impact during different parts of their life-cycle including waste management and materials recycling. Toxicological aspects of material production and usage. Using databases. Orientation in Swedish environmental legislation. Industry-oriented environmental practice and environmental management systems (ISO 14001), environmental certification and other eco-labelling, as well as environmental product development ("ecodesign"). The course contains two projects: (i) comparative simplified life-cycle assessment following ISO 14040; a case-study on industry-oriented environmental practice.


Lectures, seminars, group projects.


Written exam at the end of the course (5 credits). In order to pass the course, pass grades must also be received for the projects (4 credits) and for active participation in seminars (1 credit) . The final grade corresponds to an overall evaluation of the written exam and all mandatory parts of the course.

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

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.