CME8035 : Life Cycle Assessment

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide advanced knowledge, understanding and application of Life cycle Assessment (LCA) a decision making tool to guide environmental sustainability.

This module builds upon the modules CME8038 Sustainable Industry and CME8037 Sustainable Design and Manufacture although could be taken on a stand alone basis. It covers in detail the use of Life Cycle Assessment and uses real data to enhance knowledge of the practical application for the keys tools and techniques described though the use of case studies and workshops.

Outline Of Syllabus

Overview of Life Cycle Assessment, Detailed appraisal of the techniques as a tool to determine optimal environmental sustainability in design, use and disposal of products and service provision.

Validity and software package in LCA. Limitations of LCA. LCA is real life decision support.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam and presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:3030:30Preparation and reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops24:008:00use of software
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity33:009:00group learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study351:0035:00Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key knowledge and concepts are taught in supplementary lectures and these are put into practice through involvement in cases studies and workshops including material given as pre-sessional required reading. Some professional work on case studies is also required

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602M40N/A
Oral Presentation302M20N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M20Individual Written Report on review of LCA literature (max 1000 words) (Issued at start of module)
Report2M20Group Report on LCA of process or products (max 2000 words) (Issued at start of module)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exam in the form of a quiz will assess understanding of basic principles of LCA. Group Workshop to apply LCA techniques in practice. Group workshops which will be assessed both orally and written by a presentation and a written report. Ability to critically review published LCAs will be assessed through individual written report.

Reading Lists