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BSUS 7400 - Life Cycle Assessment for Business

Sustainable Business Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method used to calculate climate change and other environmental impacts from a product life cycle perspective (i.e. from cradle-to-grave, or from raw material extraction to product manufacturing, use and final disposal). This course focuses on building familiarity with the standards and applications of the LCA method through case studies. Students will also learn how to plan and conduct simple LCA studies, collaborate effectively with other professionals, and speak knowledgeably as advocates of best-practice approaches.


Acceptance into the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program.



This is a new course and is currently scheduled to be offered for the first time through BCIT Part-time Studies in the Winter 2022 term.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14000-series LCA standards.
  • Advocate for ISO LCA method framework for assessing impact.
  • Describe requirements for conducting a LCA study.
  • Develop a goal and scope definition for a LCA study.
  • Utilize life cycle inventory (LCI) and life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) results to inform evidence-based business decisions.
  • Explain impact assessment methods and categories.
  • Develop simple LCA studies on products, buildings and organizations.
  • Compare and critique conclusions, limitations, and recommendations of a LCA.
  • Describe how to apply LCA results to identify environmental hotspots in value chains, track environmental performance over time, support strategic decisions, and inform corporate social responsibility reporting.
  • Identify major organizations and markets involved in the development of LCA practice.

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

BSUS 7400 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Business Administration


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