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Course module: GEO4-2608
Understanding and Assessing Technologies for Sustainability
Course info
Course codeGEO4-2608
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Geosciences; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Science and Innovation Management;
Contact persondr. ir. J. Rosales Carreon
dr. ir. J. Rosales Carreon
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Course contact
dr. ir. J. Rosales Carreon
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Teaching period
1  (06/09/2021 to 12/11/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotB: B (TUE-morning, THU-afternoon)
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 31/05/2021 08:00 up to and including 27/06/2021 23:59
Course application processOsiris Student
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course goals
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
The objective of the course is to introduce students to the role that technology plays in meeting the sustainable development goals, and provide insights and basic tools to critically evaluate technology and its contribution to sustainable development.
After successful completion of the course the student understands:
  • The dimensions of sustainable development
  • The role of technology in pathways to sustainable development
  • The technological options to address sustainability challenges
  • The potential and limitations of available technology assessmenttools
Sustainable development includes many challenges. Companies are more and more faced with the challenges in their daily business. To realize the goals technological solutions are often needed. This course will introduce the many dimensions of sustainable development through the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The interactions of the various goals will be evaluated in the course, as well as the technological opportunities to address these challenges. A systems perspective is central to understand the potential contribution and impact of technologies. In the course you will get an overview of the tools and techniques to evaluate technologies and their potential contribution. The course provides a basis for students to understand the contributions and limitations of technology in address sustainability challenges.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Geosciences
  • Enrolled for one of the following degree programmes
    • Sustainable Business and Innovation
Prerequisite knowledge
Basic knowledge from the natural sciences (e.g. energy, thermodynamics, mass balances, chemistry)
Required materials
Course reader
Instructional formats

Class session preparation
Prepare for lectures by reading material in the reader and distributed slides. Discussion sessions (on topics to be determined by the students) will need reading of selected materials by teaching staff

2.Discussion sessions

3.Presentation and Essay

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

Exam (70%) and Group Work (30%)

Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Intellectual skills
Information study and analysis
Synthesizing and structuring of information
Writing skills (general) - preparing, writing, rewriting and finishing various texts
Communication skills
Debating, arguing
Collaboration, working in a team
Social / cultural context
Research report analysis and evaluation
Material / collecting / producing data
Material / data analysis and processing
Research reports - written
Research reports - oral
Numeric skills

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