SL2540 Innovation for Sustainability

Programme course, 5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2021

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The purpose of the course is for the student to (1) develop deepened knowledge about and understanding of how innovation can support society’s transition to sustainability, and (2) develop practical skill in this area, for example, how to critically assess current products and processes and how to apply creativity methods and creativity tools to innovate for sustainability.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, full-time
  • Period : 2021-November-01 until 2021-November-21
  • Education level: A1F
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: Students must have taken the Strategic Sustainable Development course, 12.5 credits and passed 5 individual credits in it.

Content

The course integrates (1) strategic approaches to lifecycle assessment of environmental and social impacts of product-service systems (PSS) and (2) ideation and design for strategic sustainable development.
The analysis related content includes learning about LCA (ISO standard lifecycle assessment) from a whole systems perspective. Students develop skills in doing lifecycle analysis based on sustainability principles in support of establishing creative tension for innovation.
The ideation and design related content includes innovation theories as well as PSS implications for sustainability, creativity methods and creativity tools, including process facilitation, and sustainable design strategies.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
• be able to read, interpret and compare LCA results (ISO standard)
• be able to explain sustainable design strategies.
Competence and skills
• be able to apply sustainability principles to analyse and compare product systems from a lifecycle perspective
• be able to design an ideation session to apply sustainable design strategies, creativity methods and creativity tools.
Judgement and approach
• be able to explain benefits and challenges of a given sustainable design strategy, including both business and sustainability benefits and challenges
• be able to justify choices regarding depth and breadth in a lifecycle analysis
• be able to justify design choices for an ideation session to apply sustainable design strategies, creativity methods and creativity tools.

Course literature and other teaching material

The literature is provided on the learning platform.

Course literature and other teaching material

The literature is provided on the learning platform.

Learning methods

The course is partly project-oriented. Lectures, supervision, dialogue, teacher feedback, peer-student feedback, and facilitated reflection support project group work as well as the individual work.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.

Teachers

Examiner
  1. Göran Broman
Course Manager
  1. Pierre Johnson

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 134 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1810 Written assignment 1 0.5 G-U
1820 Project assignment 1 1.5 G-U
1830 Project assignment 2 2.5 G-U
1840 Written assignment 2 0.5 G-U

Grading

The course will be graded G Pass, UX Insufficient, supplementation required, U Fail.

Exams

More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.


There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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