Course syllabus - Applied spectroscopy for future energy and environmental systems, 2.5 credits

Course code


Valid from

2020 v.34

Education ordinance

Second cycle

Successive deepening

A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements).

Main area(s)

Energy Engineering


School of Business, Society and Engineering





Literature lists

Course literature is preliminary up to 3 weeks before course start. Course literature can be valid over several semesters.


The course aim is to provide fundamental knowledge and experience of state-of-the-art applied spectroscopy. This will enable characterization of biomass and waste materials and monitoring of processes in future energy and environmental systems. The emphasis of the course is to critically assess how to address current and future industrial and environmental challenges with the use of applied spectroscopy.

Learning outcomes

After course completion, the student shall independently be able to:
1. Describe essential principles of near infrared (NIR), infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy.
2. Demonstrate the ability to characterize selected biomass and waste materials by the near infrared (NIR), infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy techniques.
3. Analyze and interpret data obtained by a given spectroscopy technique or combination of techniques.
4. Critically evaluate how to apply the obtained information in process and environmental monitoring, control and optimization.

Course content

The course covers:
- Near infrared spectroscopy including hyperspectral imaging,
- Infrared spectroscopy
- Raman spectroscopy
- Chemometrics and spectral data interpretation
- Implementation of spectroscopy methods for process and environmental monitoring, control and optimization


Web-based teaching and web based assignments

Specific requirements

120 credits of which 90 credits engineering and/or natural science and 7,5 credits mathematics. In addition Swedish course B/Swedish course 3 and English course A/English course 6 are required. For courses given entirely in English exemption is made from the requirement in Swedish course B/Swedish course 3.


Report assignment (INL1) 1 hp, grade Passed (G) (Learning outcomes: 2, 3, 4)
Digital examination (HEM1) 1 hp, grades: 3, 4, 5 (Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4)
Web-based seminar with compulsory contribution (SEM1) 0,5 hp, grade Passed (G) (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4)
A student who has a certificate from MDH regarding a disability has the opportunity to submit a request for supportive measures during written examinations or other forms of examination, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for Examinations at First-cycle and Second-cycle Level at Mälardalen University (2016/0601). It is the examiner who takes decisions on any supportive measures, based on what kind of certificate is issued, and in that case which measures are to be applied. Suspicions of attempting to deceive in examinations (cheating) are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, and are examined by the University’s Disciplinary Board. If the Disciplinary Board considers the student to be guilty of a disciplinary offence, the Board will take a decision on disciplinary action, which will be a warning or suspension.

Study guide


Four-grade scale, digits