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System Design for Industrial Ecology

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2021-2022

Title course: System Design for Industrial Ecology

Coordinator: Prof Andrea Ramirez Ramirez

Description:

A core element of industrial ecology is that it requires to look at a problem from a system perspective. This course aims to provide insights necessary to understand and apply the core concepts of system design in the field of Industrial Ecology. The course will introduce, in a weekly basis, the core concepts of system thinking (such as interconnectedness, synthesis, feedback loops, causality) and students will work on their application in small case studies.

Learning goals:

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the principles of systems design

  • Understand the application of the principles in different contexts

  • Understand how relationships between the elements in a system as well as dynamics related to time and location influence the system development and performance

Cognitive skills (thinking and analysis).

  • Critically deliberate on, set and explain boundary choices along with potential consequences

  • Analysis of systems of small sizes

Communication skills (personal and academic).

  • Be able to present projects

Practical and subject specific skills (Transferable Skills).

  • Plan and undertake a group and individual projects,

  • Prepare and deliver coherent and structured verbal (online) and written (short) reports

Education format:

Students are expected to prepare their classes in advance and to actively participate in the lectures and group work.

Class Schedule:

Tuesday and Friday’s morning

Assessment method:

Combination of small group assignments (40% of the mark) and a larger group assignment (60% of the mark).

Literature:

In the course a combination of peer review (articles, book chapters) and non-peer review literature (news clips, reports, youtube videos) will be used.

Brightspace:

BrightSpace University Leiden will be used for communications and distributing study material.

Registration:

MSc Industrial Ecology students can register for the course and exam via uSis. Other students need to contact the study advisors of the programme via studyadvisor-ie@cml.leidenuniv.nl

Contact information:

Prof. Andrea Ramirez Ramirez
Low Carbon Systems and Technologies
Energy& Industry, Faculty of technology, policy and management
Delft University of technology
c.a.ramirezramirez@tudelft.nl