EAS504 Life Cycle Analysis

Code EAS504
Name Life Cycle Analysis
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Environmental Engineering and Management
Faculty Department of Environment and Energy Systems
Academic staff Francesco Romagnoli, Jūlija Gušča
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a method for accounting and assessing environmental impacts of the products or technical systems throughout the whole lifecycle. LCA methodology is used to assess any impact on the environment and human health related to the product or manufacturing system. Life cycle analysis is being used increasingly as a decision support tool for policy making and therefore knowledge about this tool is necessary for students studying environmental science and management. .
The course covers the key issues of LCA: .
1. Definition of goal and scope. .
2. Inventory analysis. .
3. Life cycle impact assessment. .
4. Interpretation of the results. .
The course includes such important topics as the definition of functional unit, identification of system boundaries, extension and expansion of the system, allocation; important data, existing data bases; impact assessment, sensitivity analysis and computer modeling system using LCA software, modeling of results and interpretation..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
Competence The overall aim of the course is to develop in students a systemic approach in analysis of environmental problems, to provide understanding of the theoretical aspects, and to gain experience in life-cycle analysis of products and processes Skills • To obtain an overview on various alternative environmental impact assessment tools, to be able to choose among them the most appropriate in order to tackle the problems identified.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Student has an overview on various alternative environmental impact assessment tools and is able to choose among them the most appropriate in order to tackle the problem identified. - Type of evaluation: Practical work (discussion), test. Criteria: Student chooses an appropriate environmental impact assessment instruments. depending on the problem
Student is able to identify the main environmental factors of the products and energy systems. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, test. Criteria: Student by introduction to the studied system is able to predict the key impacts to the environment.
Student can explain the main goals and principles of LCA. - Type of evaluation: Practical exercises, course work, test. Criteria: Student can define goals and steps to explore the studied system
Student is able to describe the content of analytical steps and purpose of LCA. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, course work, test. Criteria: Student by performing a critical review is able to judge upon the compliance with the ISO standard, and correspondence of conclusions.
Student is trained in the methodology to carry out LCA. With use of the simplified LCA can propose improvement measures aimed at reduction of the environmental impact of the product or process. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, course work, test. Evaluation criteria: Student has demonstrated the ability to carry out some steps of LCA using calculation methods.
Student can write LCA report in accordance with the guidelines and terminology laid down in ISO standards. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, course work, test. Evaluation criteria: the student has written a report to the pilot LCA.
Student can use LCA software. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, course work, test. Evaluation criteria: The student, working with LCA software, has completed the task and obtained the expected results.
Student can analyze the findings of LCA reports and carry out the critical review of LCA reports. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, course work, test. Evaluation criteria: The student can write a critical review of a study.
Student can introduce the conclusions and potential consequences of results of LCA study. - Type of evaluation: Practical work, test. Criteria: after examination of DCA study, student understands and can explain the main conclusions.
Course prerequisites Ecology and environmental protection

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