TEP4290 - Modeling of Built Environment Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 30/100
Oral examination 70/100 D

Course content

The course focuses on the development of transformation pathways for built environment systems (e.g., buildings, infrastructures, automobiles) in order to meet given service requirements within a framework of available resources and limited sinks for pollutants. Particular attention is given to the analysis of stocks, their composition, key drivers, physical inputs and outputs, and the consequences for the environment. The tools used to model and simulate transformation pathways focus on dynamic MFA and scenario development (forecasting and backcasting).

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The students will be able to formulate the key problems related to selected built environment systems, to describe the state of the art tools used to analyze these problems (including their strengths and limitations), and to describe the legal and socio-economic context.

Skills: The students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to select appropriate system boundaries to answer specific questions related to a problem, to develop models suitable to identify alternative transformation pathways, and to discuss different interventions in terms of their effectiveness and potential co-benefits, trade-offs, risks, and barriers.

General competence: The students will be able to conduct a literature research using online databases and library systems, to work effectively in a team, and to communicate their findings in an effective and transparent way in oral (presentation) and written form (scientific report).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures by teachers and external experts, guided self-study for selected case studies (individual and in groups), and seminars with student presentations.
Course language is English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Øvinger

Further on evaluation

Portofolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portofolio includes a final written exam (70%) and exercises (30%). The result for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portofolio is assigned a letter grade.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

According to agreement in the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TVM4129 7.5 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 9

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Waste Management and Recycling Technologies
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS work 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral examination 70/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 70/100 D 2020-05-19
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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