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General information:
Name:
Life Cycle Assessment
Course of study:
2012/2013
Code:
DIS-2-322-SI-s
Faculty of:
Mining Surveying and Environmental Engineering
Study level:
Second-cycle studies
Specialty:
Environmental Information Systems
Field of study:
Environmental Engineering
Semester:
3
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
dr hab. inż, prof. AGH Grzesik Katarzyna (grzesikk@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
dr hab. inż, prof. AGH Grzesik Katarzyna (grzesikk@agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 is aware of his/her current knowledge, understands the necessity of studying through the whole life IS2A_K01 Execution of a project,
Participation in a discussion
Skills
M_U001 carry out a complete LCA of a product including: 1) identify and delimit the system, 2) identify and use relevant data from LCA databases, 3) collect and use data from other sources, 4) implement and use a computer model of the system in the LCA software SimaPro, 5) analyse, explain, and interpret results IS2A_U11, IS2A_U05, IS2A_U01 Execution of a project
M_U002 write a report of the performed LCA IS2A_U03 Project
M_U003 make a presentation of the performed LCA IS2A_U04, IS2A_U05 Presentation
Knowledge
M_W001 explain the overall purpose and principles of life cycle assessment (LCA), describe the content and explain the purpose of the analytical steps of LCA IS2A_W10, IS2A_W05, IS2A_W11 Test
M_W002 discuss possible applications and limitiations of LCA IS2A_W11 Test,
Oral answer
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 is aware of his/her current knowledge, understands the necessity of studying through the whole life - - - + - - - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 carry out a complete LCA of a product including: 1) identify and delimit the system, 2) identify and use relevant data from LCA databases, 3) collect and use data from other sources, 4) implement and use a computer model of the system in the LCA software SimaPro, 5) analyse, explain, and interpret results - - - + - - - - - - -
M_U002 write a report of the performed LCA - - - + - - - - - - -
M_U003 make a presentation of the performed LCA - - - + - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 explain the overall purpose and principles of life cycle assessment (LCA), describe the content and explain the purpose of the analytical steps of LCA + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W002 discuss possible applications and limitiations of LCA + - - - - - - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:
  1. Goal and scope

    System of a product, system boundary, unit process, functional unit.

  2. Life Cycle Inventory

    Data collection, databases, allocation, validation.

  3. Life Cycle Impact Assessment

    Impact categories, classification, normalization, weighting.

  4. Life Cycle Impact Assessment Methodologies

    Overview of methodologies, Eco-indicator99 method.

  5. Life cycle interpretation, limitation of LCA

    Identification of significant issues, evaluation, reporting, critical review.

  6. LCA in practice

    LCA and life cycle management, life cycle thinking, sustainability.

  7. Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment

    History, definition, standards, structure of LCA.

Project classes:
  1. Overview of LCA software, Introduction to SimaPro

    Overview of LCA software, Introduction to SimaPro.

  2. Defining the topic of the project

    Defining the product, indentifying the system, system boundaries, functional unit.

  3. Data collection

    Data collection on product, processes components and materials.

  4. Life cycle impact assessment

    Performing Life cycle impact assessment with SimaPro software.

  5. Interpretation, limitation

    Interpreting the result of LCA, explaining limitations.

  6. Report

    Writing a report of the performed LCA.

  7. Presentation

    Presentation of LCA study.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 82 h
Module ECTS credits 3 ECTS
Participation in lectures 15 h
Participation in project classes 30 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 6 h
Completion of a project 26 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 4 h
Contact hours 1 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

midterm test – weight 0,2; project report – weight 0,7; project presentation – weight 0,1

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, ecotoxicology, materials science, environmental management, environmental impact assessment.

Recommended literature and teaching resources:
  1. Guinée, et al. (2002), Handbook on life cycle assessment. Operational guide to the ISO standards. I: LCA in perspective. IIa: Guide. IIb: Operational annex. III: Scientific background. Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 1-4020-0228-9, Dordrecht, 2002, 692 pp http://cml.leiden.edu/research/industrialecology/researchprojects/finished/new-dutch-lca-guide.html.
  2. Life cycle assessment: Principles and practice. EPA600/r-06/060 May 2006 http://www.epa.gov/NRMRL/lcaccess/pdfs/600r06060.pdf.
  3. Rebitzer et al. (2004) Life cycle assessment. Part 1: Framework, goal and scope definition, inventory analysis, and applications. Environment International 30 (2004) 701 – 720. AGH library electronic scientic journals.
  4. Pennington et al. (2004) Life cycle assessment Part 2: Current impact assessment practice, section 7. Environment International 30 (2004) 721– 739 AGH library electronic scientificc journals.
  5. PRé Consultants (2006) SimaPro 7 Introduction to LCA www.pre.nl.
  6. PRé Consultants (2006) SimaPro 7 Tutorial www.pre.nl.
  7. PRé Consultants (2001) The Eco- indicator 99. A damage oriented method for Life Cycle Impact Assessment. Methodology report.. www.pre.nl.
  8. EN-ISO 14040-06. 2006. Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Principles and Framework.
  9. EN-ISO 14044-06. 2006. Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Requirements and Guidelines.
Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Additional scientific publications not specified

Additional information:

None