SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH225906
Module Leader Rohinton Emmanuel
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

In this course, a student explores the circular economy from various angles: how to make it running by technological and biological material flows, how it works in industrial symbioses and how it helps to create industrial symbioses. Furthermore, the economic point of view, how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products is essential, as the economic benefits speed up the motivation of companies and society. Designers' role is under investigation as well, because the design can come up with clever solutions and it is crucial for the material, energy and resource savings. A student will learn to re-think the new economic system and become encouraged to act upon it. The role of science is underlined in creation of the new knowledge.


As per joint venture with UHU and LAB universities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to1. Know the principles of the circular economy and be able to justify reasons behind it.2. Know the differences and interdependences between technical and biological circulation, be able to present examples from both spheres.3. Recognise and explain the function of industrial symbioses, identifying existing and potential relationships e.g. from own home region.4. Identify key circular economy business models, suggesting relevant models for a particular circumstances.5. Name and present classic circulation economy cases including from biological and technological circulation.6. Present examples of key technologies, innovations and of other tools (e.g. design tools) and explain their role in the circular economy.7. Analyse scientific articles and understand their methodology, theoretical and practical implications and their role in the CE theory building.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The e-learning platform is organized 1) by 5 self-learning themes (1 ect each): Introduction, Technical and Biological Circles, Industrial Symbioses, Business Models and Design. Each section has a compulsory assignment, which varies: e.g. discussion and argumentation, testing model, creating/finding own small circular economy case and report about it, quizzes etc. 2) The last 2,5 is self-reading and analysing scientific articles in written report format. 3) The e-exam is compulsory- A student should complete all assignments and e-exam. A student can study the sections in order he/she likes and it is possible to get e-tutoring from the tutor teacher whenever needed.

Indicative Reading

1. Ellen MacArthur Foundation <> 2. Circular Economy in Europe. Developing the Knowledge Base. EEA Report No 2/2016. <> 3. Lehmacher, W. (2017). The Global Supply Chain - How Technology and Circular Thinking Transform Our Future. Springer. 4. Braun, A.T., Kleine-Mf6llhoff, P., Reichenberger V., Seiter S.(2017). Survey concerning enablers for material efficiency activities in manufacturing, their supply chains and the transformation towards circular economy Reutlingen University. <>

Transferrable Skills

As per joint venture with UHU and LAB universities.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 48.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 84.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 45% Multiple-choice exam
Course Work 01 n/a 16.67 45% 2000 words for coursework.
Course Work 03 n/a 16.66 45% 5000 words of analysis of scientific articles
Course Work 02 n/a 16.67 45% 5000 words for coursework