ECAM Engineering Program
Combined Bachelor's / Master's Degree
TEACHING UNIT ECTS TEACHING UNIT COMPONENT Content TEACHING HOURS
Open systems 30 Open Systems

The Laboratory activity is centred on one theme: the configuration of an open and autopoietic system starting from an holistic survey of the current state identifying the flows of matter and energy that are used. The activity is carried out by the students in groups (around 3 per group). Starting from the current linear system of a concrete case provided by an industry or agricultural business, an event or a territorial ambit, we identify the resources used, waste obtained, the public and private participants in the creation and their relationships in order to redefine the process and obtain an open system in which the output generated becomes an input to be used as a resource. We obtain a general vision of all the flows that lead to a consistent decrease of environmental impact; we will also study in depth the single steps of transformation with the environmental, economic and social spinoffs. Each group will be required to carry out individual analysis and discuss it with the others so as to be able to share a common critical vision on the topic. During the project, the presentation of the individual works will be carried out with external experts and organisations with whom we collaborate, to discuss the results reached in open dialogue between the parties.

The laboratory is interdisciplinary in character. The disciplinary contributions include:
SYSTEM DESIGN (6 CFU, 60 hours)
PROCEDURES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (6 CFU, 60 hours)
THEORY AND HISTORY OF SYSTEMIC DESIGN (6 CFU, 60 hours)
ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF THE PROJECTS (6 CFU, 60 hours)

Lectures : 240h00
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