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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.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 2.5EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Presence

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


Additional information

Additional information

If, due to the requirements of the federal government or the TU Wien, it is not possible to hold the course and the examination or parts of the course in attendance, the format will be switched to online. When switching to the online format, the following methods and modes apply:
Method when switching to online format:
Recordings in TUWEL, zoom meetings
Exam mode when switching to online format:
Written, Multiple-Choice-Examen, under supervision (Zoom Meeting)
Assessment scheme for the online exam:
See “exam modalities”; no change by switching to online format
Required technical equipment for participation in the course and examination:
Device with internet access (notebook, PC, tablet, smartphone)
Certificate of achievement:
See “exam modalities”; no change by switching to online format



Course dates

Wed14:00 - 16:0001.03.2023 - 28.06.2023HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed14:00 - 16:0001.03.2023 - 28.06.2023EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Urban Metabolism - Single appointments
Wed01.03.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed01.03.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed08.03.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed08.03.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed15.03.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed15.03.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed22.03.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed22.03.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed29.03.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed29.03.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed19.04.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed19.04.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed26.04.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed26.04.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed03.05.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed03.05.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed10.05.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed10.05.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW
Wed17.05.202314:00 - 16:00HS 8 Heinz Parkus - CEE VO
Wed17.05.202314:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW VO UIW

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. The obtained points will be valid for the period of 2 semesters after completing the lecture. After that, you will need to repeat the exercise/s.
  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!
  5. Exercise points cannot be added to the total points after the exam. Advice: Take the exam after receiving the practice points!

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.
  • The duration of the exam is 40 minutes (online 30 min).
  • Insight into the completed exam is only possible with an appointment.

Exercise arrangements:

  • The exercises are operated in TUWEL.
  • 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.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
20.01.2023 00:01 03.07.2023 23:59 03.07.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 265 Civil Engineering Mandatory2. Semester
033 266 Environmental Engineering Mandatory4. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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.