TPK4185 - Sustainable Systems Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 A

Course content

The course presents a framework based on the systems engineering process to be used for planning, analyzing, and design of more sustainable industrial systems, such as products, factories and processing plants, operation processes, information systems, and supply chains. Major topics in the course are: sustainable development and the UN SDGs, stakeholder identification, requirement analysis and specification, functional analysis, conceptual design, detailed design, planning for production, system testing, operation, system safety, maintainability, and circular economy. Labs will encourage the students to develop soft systems skills while applying their knowledge to self-defined problems.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome


By the end of this course, the student will be able to explain the contributions of systems engineering to complex system development; explain the connections between sustainable development, systems thinking and systems engineering; recognize relevant system requirements; and explain how systems development lifecycle models provide a roadmap for engineering practices.


By the end of this course, the student will be able to identify and practice the habits of systems thinkers; identify and document design elements and interfaces; implement practices for more sustainable design of products or production processes; and critically assess the engineering quality of a system.

General competence:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to apply the knowledge of systems engineering and sustainable development to an industrial engineering project requiring multidisciplinary and multicultural teamwork; will be able to translate stakeholder needs to system requirements specifications, track their project progress, and identify and follow up risks and risk mitigations activities underway.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, and project work applying relevant theory, methods and review of industrial cases are the basis for this course. Lectures are given in English.

Further on evaluation

Mandatory exercises and group project are the basis for the grade in the course. The course assessment is assigned a letter grade according to the university grading scale

Course materials

Will be given at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Design Methodology
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Production and Quality Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Industrial Economics
  • Building Science
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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