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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 15, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool for evaluating the environmental impacts of a product or process by documenting energy and material flows from inception to ultimate disposal. This course teaches framework, methods, and tools that can be applied to decision making in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment. Topics include the principles of life cycle assessment, case studies of applications of life cycle assessment, methods for life cycle inventory, and methods for life cycle impact assessment. The course aims to encourage systems thinking and to facilitate life cycle applications to graduate students’ individual research topics. Students can expect to develop a project and paper applying LCA to their research topic. In most cases, students will produce a publishable journal article at the end of the semester.
Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad Letter Grade

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