autumn 2024
TEK-2007 Sustainable Design and Life Cycle Assessments - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is mandatory for students at Sustainable Technology, Engineering - bachelor.

The course is a technical specialization course and can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Generell studiekompetanse eller tilsvarende realkompetanse samt matematikk R1 (S1 + S2) og R2 og Fysikk 1 (HING).

Søknadskode 9391

Course content

Central concepts: Sustainable thinking, product lifecycle, waste, energy, environmental life cycle assessment, Arctic operational conditions.

This course aims to inspire sustainable thinking across the entire product life cycle. Each decision a designer makes may be replicated hundreds or thousands of times and may shape the realities of those who engage with their creations. Engineers may contribute in creating sustainable products by focus on reducing negative consequences with respect to sustainability in the early product life cycle phases (concept, design, construction, installation, etc) through for example reducing energy usage in the manufacturing of components and energy usage in the use life cycle phase, and reduce waste creation in all phases, easy to maintain and operate product, finding cost effective design solutions, aesthetics, client priorities, etc.

This course will focus on sustainability in the design phase to reduce the negative effect a product may have on environment, and by training the engineers in assessing the sustainability problem, design tools and methods to reduce the impact the product may have on the environment and to create a sustainable future. Moreover, the course will provide you with knowledge and develop skills required to undertake an environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) in accordance with internationally recognized standards. Life cycle assessment is one of the key methodologies used to quantify the environmental impacts of a product or service over its full life cycle.

Objectives of the course


The student …

  • has knowledge and understanding of design for sustainability and the role og sustainability in engineering design processes.
  • is familiar with product/production facilities’ life cycle and relevant standards for life cycle assessment.
  • has knowledge and understanding with contextual impacting the engineering discipline.
  • has knowledge and understanding og how Arctic operational conditions influence design process and across the entire product life cycle, and the role of sustainability in the design process in the Arctic.
  • is familiar with research and development within the engineering discipline.
  • is familiar with methods and regulations within the subject area.


The student …

  • can establish engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • can fluently apply engineering techniques, tools, and resources.
  • can apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • can use and manage information professionally.
  • Identify contextual factors affecting the engineering discipline in the Arctic.
  • can write engineering reports, present to small groups and communicate life cycle assessment studies.

General competences

The student …

  • can apply a systematic approach to system redesign in terms of energy efficiency, water efficiency and transport efficiency.
  • can apply life cycle assessment modelling techniques in a decision-making context.
  • can model and evaluate the life cycle environmental impacts of material, product or service systems using contemporary life cycle assessment methods.
  • can give examples of engineering innovation.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

40 hours lectures, 10 hours exercises and seminars.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the "Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:



Examination: Date: Weighting: Duration: Grade scale:
Assignment 15.11.2024 14:00 (Hand in) 6/10 A–E, fail F
School exam 03.12.2024 09:00
4/10 4 Hours A–E, fail F
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Re-sit examination

Students having failed the last ordinary examination (group project or written exam) will be offered a re-sit examination on the part they have failed early in the following semester. Re-sit is granted only for the failed exam (group project or written exam).
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: TEK-2007
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet