330.262 Ressource Efficiency
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, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand the current resource situation (with a focus on metals)
  • recognise the mutual influence of different measures against the threatening scarcity of resources
  • make an active contribution to the circular economy in their later careers.

Subject of course

  • Background (14 critical mineral raw materials report of the European Commission, water, energy, …)
  • Economic, social and political impacts of resource scarcity
  • State-of-the-art of possible solutions:
    - Design for Environment
    - Cleaner Production and industrial symbiosis
    - Alternative use models (product-service-shift)
    - End-of-Life Management (Collection, refurbishment, re-use of product and components, material recycling, energy recovery)
  • Practical case studies from leading companies
  • End of waste – when will waste become a resource?
  • Future trends in research and industry

Teaching methods

Presentation with discussion of case studies

Mode of examination




Examination modalities

Written exam

In order to take part in an examination, it is necessary to register in time (for the respective examination date) in TISS. Students who do not meet the registration deadline cannot take part in the exam! Enquiries in this regard will not be answered!

Examination Barriers

In accordance with the study regulations (Mitteilungsblatt 2014, 3. Stück; Nr.22), the following rules apply to the cancellation of examinations.

§ 18a. (1)) The students are entitled to cancel their examinations orally, in writing or electronically with the examiner or dean of studies at the latest two working days before the day of the examination.

(2) If students do not appear for an examination without having cancelled their registration in accordance with paragraph 1, the Dean of Studies is entitled to exclude these students from the registration for this examination for a period of eight weeks at the suggestion of the examiner. This period begins on the examination day on which the student, despite having registered correctly, did not appear without having cancelled his/her registration beforehand. The affected students must be informed of the suspension in an appropriate manner.

(3) If the student can prove that he/she has been prevented from deregistering in due time in accordance with paragraph 1 by a valid reason (e.g. accident) or another reason worthy of special consideration, the suspension must be lifted.

It should be noted that use is made of the option set out in paragraph (2) for students who do not appear at the examination without prior deregistration.

Examinations: Registration by e-mail to bernd.kopacek@tuwien.ac.at.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
20.02.2020 08:00 31.03.2020 08:00 30.06.2020 08:00



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in production, logistics, quality, process and project management