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Postgraduate Course: Industrial Ecology (MSc) (PGEE11176)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIndustrial ecology is a transdisciplinary perspective that seeks to understand how the environment, cultural systems, and the economy can be efficiently managed and improved in order to approach and maintain sustainability.

This is an introductory course into industrial ecology. Its chief aims are to:

1. Introduce industrial ecology, providing students with a foundation for deeper understanding and application of its key concepts and various analytical approaches;

2. Inspire students to think critically about sustainability issues using a systems perspective, beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries;

3. Develop skills in qualitative and quantitative industrial ecology concepts and methods.

Students who take this course must be self-motivated and diligently engage in studying the assigned readings ahead of lectures, workshops, and seminars/tutorials. Students enrolling in this course should also be ready to critically reflect on their understanding of sustainability and sustainable engineering.
Course description This course consists of:

20 hours of lectures (2 hours/week for 10 weeks)
20 hours of workshops (2 hours/week for 10 weeks)

1. Introduction to industrial ecology (week 1)
2. Life cycle assessment, goal and scope (week 2)
3. Life cycle inventory (week 3)
4. Life cycle impact assessment (week 4)
5. Life cycle assessment, interpretation (week 5)
6. Product systems, other topics (week 6)
7. Stock and flow modelling (week 7)
8. Industrial symbiosis (week 8)
9. Resources (week 9)
10. Socioeconomic metabolism (week 10)

1. Quantitative background (week 1)
2. Life cycle assessment (week 2)
3. Life cycle inventory (week 3)
4. Life cycle impact assessment (week 4)
5. Life cycle assessment (week 5)
6. Material flow analysis (week 6)
7. Material flow analysis (week 7)
8. Stock and flow modelling (week 8)
9. Resources (week 9)
10. Socioeconomic metabolism (week 10)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam 100%
Feedback Formative feedback and assessment will be regularly provided through learning activities in tutorials, workshops, and seminars. Formative feedback and assessment will also be provided through homework assignments, solutions to which will be discussed in class.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe what industrial ecology is and its relevance to sustainability and engineering;
  2. Explain important issues, concepts, and methods in industrial ecology;
  3. Apply life cycle assessment and material flow analysis to product and material systems;
  4. Analyse and evaluate life cycle assessment and material flow analysis results;
  5. Create recommendations for relevant audiences of life cycle assessment and material flow analysis studies, based upon their results.
Reading List
Important reading will be distributed to enrolled students online or will be available in the University Library. Essential reading includes:

- Graedel T.E., Allenby B.R.; Industrial Ecology, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River (2003);

- Jolliet O., Saadé-Sbeih M., Shaked S.; Jolliet A., Crettaz P.; Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, 1st ed., CRC Press: Boca Raton (2016);

- Various articles and reports as appropriate.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 20 hours of lectures (2 hours/week for 10 weeks)
20 hours of workshops (2 hours/week for 10 weeks)
KeywordsIndustrial Ecology,Sustainability,Systems Thinking,Life Cycle Assessment,Material Flow Analysis
Course organiserDr Rupert Myers
Tel: (0131 6)50 4870
Course secretaryMrs Shona Barnet
Tel: (0131 6)51 7715
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