Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

NAME OF THE COURSE Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Code

KTC220

Year of study

2.

Course teacher

Assoc Prof Matko Erceg

Credits (ECTS)

4.5

Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)

P S V T

30

15

0

0

Status of the course

Elective

Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course objectives

Provide a comprehensive understanding of the life cycle assessment (LCA) as a standardized ecological tool to compare different products and processes with regard to their impact on the environment.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

None

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After passing the exam,the student is expected to be able to:
- understand and use the concepts of sustainable development and environmental policy
- become familiar with the laws and regulations related to the environmental protection
- use standardized approach to product life cycle assessment
- prepare and present a simple project concerning the environment protection
- apply computer applications in the field of LCA method
- develop critical thinking skills in the evaluation of the results of LCA methods.

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1st week: The environment: environmental systems, sources of pollution, anthropogenic pollution, the consequences of environmental pollution (ecological boomerang).
2nd week: Sustainable development and environmental policy.
3rd week: The legal system of environmental protection in the world and Croatia.
4th week: Environmental Management: concept and mission. Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14001.
5th week: The life cycle approach: Life Cycle Thinking (LCT), Life Cycle Initiative (LCI), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Management ( LCM).
6th week: Discussion on the previous subjects. Conclusions.
7th week: Standardization of the life cycle assessment: ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.
8th week: The structure of LCA method (Part 1).
9th week: The structure of LCA method (Part 2).
10th week: Computer programs (softwares) for the LCA analysis - LCA analysis on selected examples (Part 1)
11th week: Computer programs (softwares) for the LCA analysis - LCA analysis on selected examples (Part 2).
12th week: The advantages and disadvantages of the LCA approach. Selected examples.
13th week: Application areas of the LCA: design for the environment, improvement of products (technology), strategic planning, marketing, lowering costs.
14th week: Knowledge management in the environmental protection - the mission of the educational system in the environmental protection.
15th week: The final lecture. Discussion on previous subjects. Conclusions.
SEMINAR:
The seminar will be used for further analysis and discussion following lectures. Students will also receive individual and group tasks (projects) that will solve and present at the seminar.

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Attending lectures and seminars in the amount of 80% of the total hourly rate. Individual and group assignments (projects) and their presentation. Active participation during lessons.

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance

1.5

Research

0.0

Practical training

0.0

Experimental work

0.0

Report

0.0

 

 

Essay

0.0

Seminar essay

0.0

 

 

Tests

0.9

Oral exam

0.7

 

 

Written exam

0.8

Project

0.6

 

 

Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

Continuous evaluation:
The entire exam can be passed over two colloquia during the semester. The pass threshold for each colloquium is 60%. Each colloquium participates with 45% in a final grade. Attending lectures in 80-100% amount is 10% of a final grade.
Final evaluation:
One passed colloquium (previous activity) is recognized as 10% of a final grade. The remaining part is taken on written and oral exam at prescribed examination terms. Written exam accounts for 40% and oral exam for 50%.
Students who did not take or pass colloquiums take written and oral exam at prescribed examination terms. The pass threshold is 60%, while written and oral exam account for 50% of a final grade, respectively.
Grades definitions and percentages: sufficient (60-69%), good (70-79%), very good (80-89%), excellent (90-100%).

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)

Title

Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

J. Guinee, Handbook on Life Cycle Assessment: Operational Guide to ISO Standards, Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York, 2002.

0

pdf

M. Črnjak, K. Črnjar, Menadžment održivog razvoja, AKD, Zagreb, 2009.

0

pdf

H. Wenzel, M. Hauschild, L. Alting, Environmental Assessment of Products, Volume ½, Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York, 2002.

0

pdf

Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

Scientific and technical papers of the subject area.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

Quality assurance will be performed at three levels:
(1) University Level;
(2) Faculty Level by Quality Control Committee;
(3) Lecturer’s Level.

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)