225.023 Urban Metabolism
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VU, 2.0h, 2.5EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • name important phenomena of the urban metabolism.
  • define and classify “resources”.
  • apply the method of “Material Flow Analysis” (MFA) and interpret the results.
  • use the MFA software STAN.
  • constitute the relevance of waste management for the urban metabolism and outline the legal situation.
  • estimate the material occurrence in the building sector.
  • describe technical-scientific assessment methods.

Subject of course

Survey of the most important phenomena of urban metabolism, regional input, storage and output of goods and substances. Supply and disposal are discussed as connected units. Waste management is analysed as a part of the metabolism of the antroposphere. Problems of and solutions for the metabolism of modern urban regions are demonstrated and discussed. The students apply the gained knowledge in short, tailor-made exercises.

Teaching methods

  • Lecture with discussions
  • Introduction in the STAN software
  • Exercises in TUWEL
  • Question & answer to exercises

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue13:00 - 15:0010.03.2020HS 8 Heinz Parkus - BI VO

Examination modalities

Assessment criteria:

  • The maximum number of points is 90. This number comprises of the:
    • 3 exercises - each exercise is 10 points
    • 1 Multiple Choice exam: 60 points
  • To positively complete the course (VU), it is necessary to reach a total score of 45 points. Therefore, it is not required to positively complete the written exam AND the exercises.

Information on the issuance of the certificate:

  1. The exercises (consisting of 3 individual exercises) can only be passed (or repeated) in the course (VU) of the respective summer semester (so once a year). Only the points of the most recently completed exercise/s (for an indefinite period of time) are considered for the calculation of the final grade.
  2. Subsequent to any passed exam, a certificate will be issued. The final grade consists of the points of the recently passed exam and the points of the recently passed exercise/s (if existing).
  3. Exams can be completed/ repeated 3 times per semester (according to the offered exam dates).
  4. ATTENTION: If the exercise/s get/s repeated, the exam has to be repeated too (if the exam has already been passed)! This means that a negative exam grade cannot be improved with a renewed completion of the project work!

Exam arrangements:

  • Multiple Choice exam
  • With the acceptance of the test papers, the evaluation of the test is the consequence.
  • Please write legibly and clearly, otherwise points will be deducted.
  • It is not allowed to use mobile phones, pencils or programmable pocket calculator.
  • Insight into the completed exam is only possible with an appointment.

Exercise arrangements:

  • The exercises are operated in TUWEL.
  • The submission of the exercises is possible until 23.06.2020 (12:00 AM).
  • Questions concerning the exercises will only be answered in the "Questions & Answers" classes.
  • Delayed submissions will be assessed with 0 points, if no serious reason is notified in advance of the submission date.
  • The calculation processes must be comprehensible and complete.
  • The preparation of the exercises is not a group work. Identical exercises will be graded with 0 points.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue09:00 - 10:0001.12.2020HS 11 Paul Ludwik written03.11.2020 08:00 - 29.11.2020 23:59TISS225.023 Urbaner Stoffhaushalt Prüfung MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST - 01.12.2020
Tue09:00 - 10:0012.01.2021HS 11 Paul Ludwik written15.12.2020 08:00 - 10.01.2021 23:59TISS225.023 Urbaner Stoffhaushalt Prüfung MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST - 12.01.2021
Tue - 16.03.2021HS 11 Paul Ludwik written16.02.2021 08:00 - 14.03.2021 23:59TISS225.023 Urbaner Stoffhaushalt Prüfung MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST - 16.03.2021
Tue - 11.05.2021HS 11 Paul Ludwik written13.04.2021 08:00 - 09.05.2021 23:59TISS225.023 Urbaner Stoffhaushalt Prüfung MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST - 11.05.2021
Tue - 01.06.2021HS 11 Paul Ludwik written04.05.2021 08:00 - 30.05.2021 23:59TISS225.023 Urbaner Stoffhaushalt Prüfung MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST - 01.06.2021

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
17.01.2020 00:01 29.06.2020 23:59 29.06.2020 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 265 Civil Engineering 2. Semester
033 266 Environmental Engineering 4. Semester


Brunner, P,; Rechberger, H., Practical Handbook of Material Flow Analysis, Lewis Publ., NY, 2004.

Baccini, P.; Brunner, P.H., Metabolism of the Anthroposphere - analysis, evaluation, design, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012.

ÖNORM S2096 „Stoffflussanalyse - Anwendung in der Abfallwirtschaft (Teil 1 und 2)“

SFA-Software STAN, freeware for download from: download.