Life Cycle Assessment

This module builds an understanding of life cycle assessment methodology developed in the Life Cycle Thinking and the Circular Economy module, by providing more in-depth training on life cycle assessment methodology, and practical experience of doing a life cycle assessment.

Students will be encouraged to take the Life Cycle Thinking and the Circular Economy module before doing this module.

Monday 18 - Friday 22 March 2019

Module information

Module Leader Jhuma Sadhukhan
Other contributors Richard Murphy
Number of credits 15
Number of ECTS credits 7.5
Module availability Semester 2
Overall student workload 150 hours
Units of assessment Weighting towards a module mark (%)
Pre-course individual foundation concepts quiz 20%
LCA group exercise during module week 20%
Individual post-module report 60%

Alternative assessment: Resubmission of ‘Pre-course individual foundation concepts quiz’ if failed Individual report alternative to ‘LCA group exercise during module week’ if failed Resubmission of ‘Individual post-module report’ if failed.

Qualifying condition(s): A weighted aggregated mark of 50% is required to pass the module.

Pre-requisite/co-requisites: None.

Module overview

This module aims:

  • Understand all four stages of the life cycle assessment methodology
  • Be aware of the resources required to do a life cycle assessment study in practice
  • Be able to provide a critical perspective on the quality of a life cycle assessment study done by others
  • Understand the key benefits and challenges of the application of life cycle assessment for a range of purposes.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the life cycle assessment methodology (C)*
  • Be aware of the resources required to do a life cycle assessment study in practice (K)*
  • Be able to provide a critical perspective on the quality of a life cycle assessment study done by others (P)*
  • Understand the key benefits and challenges of the application of life cycle assessment for a range of purposes (T)*
  • Undertaking of practical life cycle assessment (T, P)*.

*Key: C - Cognitive and analytical; K - Subject knowledge; T - Transferable skills; P - Professional and practical skills.

Module content

This module will cover a detailed overview life cycle assessment methodology, including:

  • Impact assessment and management of uncertainty
  • Practical experience of executing an life cycle assessment using commercial software
  • Exposure to a range of resources available to do life cycle assessment (inventory databases, life cycle impact assessment methods.

Methods of learning and teaching

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to take an active learning approach, in which the students are engaged in class exercises and discussions. The learning and teaching methods include, preparatory reading and exercises, lectures, hands-on life cycle assessment study, group discussions and exercises to do an life cycle assessment.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Preparatory reading (10 hours)
  • Lectures (12 hours)
  • Hands-on life cycle assessment study and group discussions (18 hours)
  • Post course study and assignment (110 hours).

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to conduct research in the scientific literature and thus build upon concepts introduced in the module’s lectures.

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Pre-course individual foundation concepts quiz (20%)
  • LCA group exercises during module week (20%)
  • Individual post-module report (60%).

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive qualitative feedback (and marks) on every piece of summative assessment.

Further information

Dates

This is a week long course, from Monday 18 - Friday 22 March 2019.

Prices

Price per person:

  • £1275.00.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store.

If you would prefer to fill out our paper form, then please complete and return this form by email or send it in the post to:

FEPS Student Services Administration
08 AA 02
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Payments will be accepted subject to availability.

Essential reading

Textbook: Sadhukhan, J., Ng, K.S. and Martinez-Hernandez, E. (2014). Biorefineries and Chemical Processes: Design, Integration and Sustainability Analysis, Wiley, ISBN-10: 1119990866 | ISBN-13: 978-1119990864 | Edition: 1.

Recommended reading

Baumann, H. and Tillman, A.-M. (2004).The Hitch Hiker's Guide to LCA : An Orientation in Life Cycle Assessment Methodology and Application, Studentlitteratur, Lund, Sweden.

European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute for Environment and Sustainability (2010). International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook - General Guide for Life Cycle Assessment - Detailed Guidance. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

USA-TRACI "Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts" method is available on the internet  CML database (Institute of Environmental Sciences; Leiden University, Netherlands), available on the internet.

Journals with discussions on LCA methodology and case studies including International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Environmental Science & Technology, Biomass & Bioenergy, Applied Energy, etc.

Background reading

None.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about this module then please contact Melanie Wilde, the Administrative Officer:

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University of Surrey
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Surrey
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