Credits: 2

Schedule: 08.01.2019 - 22.01.2019

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

Tatu Marttila, researcher & lecturer /

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

This workshop type of intensive course aims to familiarise the students with principles of auditing and assessing the ecological impacts of a product, material or system. During the course the students will learn to use different tools, including dedicated computer software, to aid their design process in material selection and product-system development.

The course is organised in a form of 3 workshop days that are preceded by readings and accompanied by exercises. The course can be taken as an independent course, but in Autumn it links to Sustainable Product and Service Design Theory –course, and fits into the course schedule. It is mandatory for all the CS students of the Department of Design.

After this course the student will: 
 1) Understand the principles of auditing and assessing the ecological impacts of a product, material or system. 
 2) Learn to use computer-assisted tools to compare impacts of different materials and to assist in material selection, and in eco-auditing processes. 
 3) To be able to compare and improve existing design alternatives, and to pursue more sustainable systemic and material alternatives.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

To pass, the students are required to attend the lectures and perform all the exercises and readings.

Assessment methods and criteria:
 1. Lectures (80% participation)
 2. Pre-assignments and readings
 3. Exercise (project work & report)

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

2 ECTS = 54 hours 

• Literature and pre-assignments 16 hours 
• Workshop sessions (x3) 12 hours 
• Independent course assignment 26 hours


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