Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the completion of the course the student has
- created their own prospective to circular economy and its relevance in the production and processing of metallic raw materials
- developed entrepreneurial thinking from a circular economy perspective
- modeled innovative recycling processes to determine their feasibility and environmental impact
- applied their knowledge to design product/process/service for circular economy, aspects of economic analysis
- worked in a multidisciplinary team

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.02.2019 - 24.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    At this course the student conceptualize the role of a circular economy model for the production of raw materials. The students will work in groups and apply an entrepreneurial mind-set to solve an industry relevant project by developing a new process, product or system design and construct a business plan around it. The student groups will present their projects in front of a panel of experts.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Workshop tasks, group project and peer evaluation

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Workshops 6 * 3 h
    Project work 75 h
    Individual studying and reflection 42 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    H. Warrel, M.A. Reuter, Handbook of Recycling (2014) Elsevier.
    Handouts and scientific articles.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E6135 Planning Exercise in Sustainable Metals Processing

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E6130 Metal Recycling Technologies (5 cr) and CHEM-E6155 Circular Economy for Materials Processing (5 cr), recommended for students in the Sustainable Metals Processing major. For others, a strong background in one's own field (design, business, engineering, politics).

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action