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CME8065 : Recycling and Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Bull
  • Lecturer: Dr Mohammad Rajaeifar, Professor Oliver Heidrich
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of materials extraction, processing and recycling as a basis for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of products to facilitate environmental sustainability.

Outline Of Syllabus

Mineral resources, reserves classification and distribution of resources, extraction and processing of minerals.
Circular economy and sustainable development.
Critical raw materials and factors affecting recycling.
Recycling technologies for metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composite materials.
Life cycle assessment techniques illustrated with case studies: Washing machines, electric cars, Building components, mobile phones.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00Support lectures in LCA.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessment preparation (Case Study)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials151:0015:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials and computer software training sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00Formative tests and assimilating notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline- specific problems identified.

Tutorials support the students' private-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions using computer software.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Case Study (approx. 2000 words)
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMTesting theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessments provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills.

The assignment enables a more realistic engineering problem to be considered and assesses the required information acquisition and software use skills. It also develops the ability to apply the broad base of scientific principles which underpin engineering design, in conjunction with a deeper knowledge and understanding in a specific subject area.

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