2019 The economics and systems analysis of environment, resources and technology

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Instructor(s)
Tokimatsu Koji 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue1-2(G511)  
Group
-
Course number
GEG.S402
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2019/9/18
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

The outline of the course is as follows. For the sake of sustainable development of human society, it is necessary to assess environment and resources with their technologies in socio-economic perspectives. In this course, lectures compactly provide the essence of related academic fields, especially systems analysis and economics. Such contents can be used as basic knowledge after graduation or to brush up on various specialism for career choices. The contents include economics in energy, resources, environment, development and systems analysis on techno-economics, energy, life-cycle assessment, and environmental management. The lectures are given paying attention to the related fields and cross cutting analytical tools.
The aim of this course is for students from various places and future career paths after their graduations to understand various concepts related to the academic fields without requiring prior basic knowledge, and to provide knowledge and toolboxes which can be applied in their roles after graduation. This course is suitable for students who have not yet taken courses related to socio-economics in the environment and resources, and is oriented to students who wish to learn with a wide perspective in these fields, although the contents are basic. This course is NOT suitable for those who want to learn advanced, specialized contents.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand and explain various concepts in environment and resource economics and systems engineering.
2) Set targets for various problems in resources and environment in their home countries, to which students can apply the explained concepts and tools provided in the class.

Keywords

economic growth, energy economics, system engineering, environment and resource economics, environmental valuation, lifecycle assessment, sustainable development

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

In the beginning of each class, replies are given to inquiries and questions raised by students in submission of home works from the previous class, quick reviews of the previous class are also given before proceeding to the day's class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of all the contents of the classes; its aims, procedures, and evaluation Understanding various fields of environment and resources
Class 2 Economic growth (classical, neo classical, optimal, endogenous) Understanding data and mathematical formulation for economic growth
Class 3 Formulation of production function and substitution of inputs Understanding inputs to explain economic activity (outputs)
Class 4 Energy economics, techno-economic systems, economics of global warming, energy systems engineering Applying production function to various fields of environment and resources
Class 5 Mineral resource economics, material flow analysis, waste economics Understanding various issues of resources from upstream, consumption, and downstream
Class 6 Lifecycle assessment, environmental accounting, environmental management Understanding evaluation of resource use and environmental impacts via company’s activities
Class 7 Environmental economics (valuation, cost benefit analysis (CBA)) Understanding methodology for valuing non-market goods and its application to CBA
Class 8 Natural resource economics and sustainable development Understanding management of natural resources in market goods and sustainable development

Textbook(s)

unspecified

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are distributed for one or a few classes in both Japanese and English. Related reference book is "Scarcity and Growth Revisited" (RFF, 2005)

Assessment criteria and methods

Each homework (10 point/times X 8 times) plus 20 point for a final report

Related courses

  • ENR.A408 : Economy of energy system
  • GEG.I402 : Development Economics and Appropriate Technology
  • GEG.S501 : History and Current Issues of Economic Development and Environmental Protection
  • GEG.S401 : Environmental Policy
  • TSE.C312 : Introduction to Environmental Policy and Social System

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

nothing

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

tokimatsu.k.ac[at]m.titech.ac.jp、+81-45-924-5533 (transferred to business celler phone, anytime available to catch)

Office hours

unspecified. Please contact to meet anywhere at Ookayama, Suzukakedai, and Tamachi

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