Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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 course the student is familiar with the legislation and revised legislative proposals on waste and their impact on electronics design and their lifecycles including EU's long-term targets on circular economy. The student will gain knowledge on resource management, manufacturing and supply of metallic materials and their environmental impact, on manufacturing processes of electronic products (inc PCBs, components, displays, batteries, mechanics) and their environmental performance. The student will also become familiar with the reuse and recycling logistics and methods considering specifically the responsibilities of the manufacturer as well as the process of life cycle assessment.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 02.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mari Lundström, Mari Lundström, Mervi Paulasto-Kröckel

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mari Lundström, Mari Lundström, Mervi Paulasto-Kröckel

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:

    EU legislation, sustainability in electronics design and manufacturing, manufacturing processes and recycling of metals, manufacturing of electronics devices and components, lifecycle analysis of electronics using a professional LCA software.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participation at the lectures, participation at the LCA exercise and lab work and presentations
    Grade based on active participation on teaching, homework, LCA report, lab work and presentations

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, LCA exercise and presentations: 70 h

    Compulsory attendance in LCA exercise and presentations

    Homework and other independent work: 60 h



Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handout/Lecture slides

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


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