Course - Industrial Ecology, Master's Thesis - TEP4930
TEP4930 - Industrial Ecology, Master's Thesis
Examination arrangement: Master thesis
Grade: Letter grades
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This course is the Master thesis in the field of Industrial Ecology at the Department Energy and Process Engineering. Students choose and design the structure and contents of their work in collaboration with the teacher, and if relevant also in agreement with an external supervisor from industry or authorities.
Industrial ecology concerns the interaction of anthropogenic and natural systems and how they are influenced by technology, society and human factors. Industrial ecology considers the flows of material and energy in industrial and consumer activity, and the effects they have on environment, human health and future resource availability. Systems analysis methods in industrial ecology includes life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis, input-output analysis, systems engineering, cost-benefit analysis, risk analysis or related techniques.
The thesis applies industrial ecology methods to one or several of the following topics:
- Ecosystems and bioresources
- Circular economy and resource efficiency
- Energy, transport and built environment
- Sustainable production and consumption systems
After completing this thesis, the student have in-depth knowledge within the analysis of environmental pressures caused by selected anthropogenic systems and knowledge of the theory, application, assumptions, strengths and limits of environmental systems analysis. Application depends on thesis topic and may involve ecosystems and bioresources, circular economy and resource efficiency, energy, transport and built environment, or sustainable production and consumption.
After completing this thesis, the students have the skills to:
- apply environmental systems analysis in a research context, depending on thesis topic life cycle assessment, life cycle impact assessment, material flow analysis or input-output analysis.
- define and appraise sustainability strategies based on life cycle and systems thinking.
- structure and plan scientific work;
- acquire an understanding of the state of the art knowledge regarding a specific scientific question through literature study and be able to evaluate own contribution to knowledge production;
- conduct detailed and comprehensive analysis of a specified topic using scientific methods, such as empirical research, analysis and interpretation of empirical data, or development and utilization of models for prospective assessment;
- execute an independent project including the development of a project plan with mile stones, the reporting of intermediate and final results, and writing a report or paper according to commonly applied scientific standards.
After completing this thesis, the student have general competence at master-level in environmental systems analysis. This involves to:
- describe product-service systems and production-consumption systems on systems level in a practical context.
- discuss and negotiate stakeholder interests, norms, practices and opinions in sustainability assessment and reflect critically on scientific, social, ethical and environmental responsibilities in their own work.
Learning methods and activities
Independent study with supervision, oral presentations. The course deliverable is a written thesis.
Further on evaluation
Information about writing and submitting your master's thesis Oppgaveskriving; see Routines on startup and submission of thesis within engineering/technology studies.
The master's thesis has to be submitted in NTNU's examination system Inspera Assessment. The deadline for submitting the master's thesis is 20 weeks from the starting date (the students have additional 6 weeks if they are writing a master thesis abroad.) + 7 days for Easter/Christmas holidays. Applications for an extended deadline must be submitted to the faculty. Students who fail the master's thesis, can submit a new or revised thesis once. It is not possible to improve an awarded grade by submitting a new thesis.
The assessment of the master's thesis shall be made available to the candidate within 3 months.
Recommended previous knowledge
Conducting the Industrial Ecology, Master's Thesis requires prior knowledge in relevant methods within the field of industrial ecology. Depending on specialization, the following courses at NTNU or equivalent courses elsewhere may be required: TEP4220 (environmental impact indicators), TEP4222 (input-output analysis), TEP4223 (life cycle analysis), TEP4285 (material flow analysis), TEP4300 (climate change mitigation).
Required previous knowledge
TEP5100 or similar.
Credits: 30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: SPRING 2024
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
- Industrial Ecology
- Technological subjects
- Anders Hammer Strømman
- Daniel Beat Mueller
- Francesca Verones
- Francesco Cherubini
- Helge Brattebø
- Johan Berg Pettersen
- Juudit Ottelin
- Karl Klingsheim
- Sigrun Jorid Jahren
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Examination arrangement: Master thesis
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- Spring ORD Master thesis 100/100 INSPERA
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- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"