Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The purpose of the course is to give an overview of sustainability principles and a number of principles and methods that are parts of sustainability considerations. 

The course is arranged as 2 weekly theoretical exercises where each theme is initiated by a lecture given by staff members or by invited lecturers 

The different themes (sustainability concepts; thermodynamics and sustainability; sustainability and life cycle analyses; sustainability and energy, nutrients, water, and greenhouse gases; bioethics and sustainability; economics, development, and sustainability) are treated in case studies as a basis for discussions in groups

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Outline sustainability concepts related to energy, thermodynamics, nutrients, water and greenhouse gases


  • Perform sustainability estimations and simple life cycle analyses
  • Relate sustainability to societal perspectives
  • Analyze biotechnological processes with respect to sustainability


  • Include ethical considerations in sustainability analyses
  • Outline the relationships between sustainability and development and understand projections of resource and environmental issues including global and local models
  • Include economic considerations in sustainability analyses

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examSustainability
Type of exam
Written exam
4 hours
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtighed
Module codeK-BBT-B2-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science