LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT - 2023/4
Module code: ENGM253
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a robust and systematic methodology to evaluate and analyse environmental impacts of a product or service system across its whole life cycle. This module aims to develop skills in the LCA methodology by providing in-depth training on LCA methodology, and practical experience of doing an LCA on SimaPro software.
Centre for Environment & Sustainability
SADHUKHAN Jhuma (Civl Env Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: F751
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 7
Independent Learning Hours: 110
Seminar Hours: 13
Tutorial Hours: 4
Practical/Performance Hours: 3
Captured Content: 13
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module will cover a detailed overview of LCA methodology including impact assessment and management of uncertainty; practical experience of executing an LCA using commercial software; exposure to a range of resources available to do LCA (life cycle inventory databases, life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) methods, etc.). The module gives an overview of LCSA and how LCA research is shaping now and in future. External speakers will additionally assist with developing an understanding of LCA.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||PRE-COURSE INDIVIDUAL FOUNDATION CONCEPTS QUIZ||20|
|Coursework||LCA GROUP EXERCISE DURING MODULE WEEK||20|
|Coursework||INDIVIDUAL POST-MODULE REPORT||60|
Students who fail the LCA group exercise will be required to write an individual report
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to solve LCA problems and thus build upon skills developed in the module.
The summative assessment for this module consists of:
Pre-course individual foundation concepts quiz (20%) is to allow students to demonstrate that they can perform the calculations of life cycle impacts
LCA group exercises during module week (20%) is to develop LCA problem solving skills using SimaPro software, evaluated through a presentation.
3000-word individual post-module report (60%) is to discuss in-depth and critically analyse an LCA.
Formative assessment and feedback:
Feedback is provided on a continuing basis during the group exercise to provide help in developing content for the group exercise.
- Discuss all four stages of the LCA methodology
- Analyse the resources required to do an LCA study in practice
- Acquire skills required to operate an LCA software
- Be able to provide a critical perspective on the quality of an LCA study done by others
- Evaluate the key benefits and challenges of the application of LCA for a range of purposes
- Discuss life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) comprising environmental life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing (LCC) and social life cycle assessment (SLCA)
|001||Explain the LCA methodology||CP|
|002||Deploy resources required to do an LCA study in practice||KP|
|003||Evaluate the quality of an LCA study done by others ¿ peer review skill||CP|
|004||Identify the key benefits and challenges of the application of LCA for a range of purposes||T|
|005||Skills in LCA problem solving||PT|
|006||Presentation skills on an LCA||PT|
|007||Identify the basic functions of an LCA software||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching resources include the preparatory reading and exercises, lectures from CES staff and external experts, hands-on LCA study with SimaPro, group discussions and exercises to do an LCA, formative assessment.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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The Centre for Environment and Sustainability is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas.
Employability – The module provides students with comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge and experience within the life cycle assessment field. The module also provides students with first-hand experience with a leading LCA software – SimaPro. Life cycle assessment can be applied across all fields of work but is most effective for assessing the impacts of certain products or processes. The experience gained from this module is deeply valuable for someone looking to move into a sustainability-related role especially those looking to conduct LCA for a career.
Digital Capabilities – This module provides students with first-hand experience with a leading LCA software – SimaPro. The experience gained on this software is transferrable to all other LCA software. Moreover, LCA can be conducted on spreadsheets. This develops skills in formula application and this experience is valuable for other aspects of work and life, not just within LCA. Moreover, the module requires students to produce a presentation (LCA group exercises during module week (20%) formative assessment) and report which helps develop digital capabilities.
Sustainability – This learning will take place through gaining first-hand experience of using LCA software to comprehensively evaluate the impact that a product and process can have over its life cycle. Students primarily learn about the environmental impacts that a certain product or process may have from cradle-to-grave and then how LCA can be applied to reduce these impacts. Students will also learn about the impact a product or process may have on society or the economy.
Resourcefulness and Resilience – The module requires students to develop independence and proactivity skills throughout. The pre-module reading and assessment require students to conduct their research and develop their perseverance skills. During the module, students will need to apply agility, self-awareness and teamwork skills to attend seminars and complete the in-class assessment. Finally, the post-module assignment requires students to develop their proactivity and independence skills.
Global and Cultural Capabilities – This module helps build global and cultural capabilities through LCA group exercises during module week that require a team working and cooperation between team members with diverse global and cultural capabilities.
Programmes this module appears in
|Mechanical Engineering MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Automotive Engineering MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Aerospace Engineering MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Corporate Environmental Management MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Environmental Strategy MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Sustainable Development MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.