Course Content for Life Cycle Engineering and EcoDesign

Jack Jerswiet, Joost Duflou, Wim Dewulf, Conrad Luttrop, Michael Zwicky Hauschild

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    There is a need to create an awareness of Life Cycle Engineering and EcoDesign in Engineering students. Topics covered in an LCE/EcoDesign course will create an awareness of environmental impacts, especially in other design course projects. This paper suggests that an awareness of product impact upon the environment must be created at an early stage in undergraduate education. Deciding what to include in an LCE/EcoDesign Course can be difficult because there are many different views on the subject. However, there are more similarities than differences. All LCE/ EcoDesign Engineering courses have the ultimate objective of decreasing the environmental impact of a design. It has been observed that 70% of product costs are decided at the design stage. This can be extended to environmental impact, where it can be observed that, the design is correct, at the beginning, the environmental impact can be reduced by an estimated 70%. An LCE course does not need a high mathematical content and can give undergraduate students exposure to information that can be used in product design courses as they progress through university. The general content of such a course is suggested in this paper
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)1081-1089
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • life cycle
    • sustainable engineering
    • course content


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