Course code FORN100

FORN100 Energy, Environment and Society

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2017 - 2018 .

Course responsible: Thomas Martinsen
Teachers: Erik Trømborg, Torjus Folsland Bolkesjø, Monica Havskjold, Ole Jørgen Hanssen, Bjørn Edvard Sønju-Moltzau, Arne Reidar Gravdahl, Muyiwa Samuel Adaramola
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course begin in the August block and finishes in the autumn paralell.
Course frequency: Annual
First time: 2013H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Introductory course for the bachelor's program in renewable energy. The course has an introduction to scientific approch and writi of reports. Environmental impacts resulting from the production, distribution and use of energy is essential. It includes climate change, acidification, local air pollution and consequences for the environment. Natural systems and their behavior, energy system(s) and society as well as the links between them are themes.
Learning outcome:

A candidate should after completion of the course have the following learning benefits:


They should have good insight into the challenges the energy system is facing today and in the near future, and have basic understanding of the energy system and the natural system that are affected.


The students will acquire a scientific method/approach to analysis and presentation of data and results through team work, from discussions and through application in the term papers. 

General competence

The student should have a basic understanding of the relationship between energy, the environment and society. The course will give an overview of the study in renewable energy and career opportunities. 

Learning activities:
The teaching will be a combination of lectures, reading, exercises field trips, group work and term paper. We will search up current issues in the mass media, and use those as a starting point for discussion. We will follow job calls and identify what you can apply for after graduation. There will be visits with Akershus energy (bioenergy plant, heat pump and thermal solar energy), The Energy Farm and other places. We will use simple relevant models, such as, The Climate game and The Energy Portal. We will check the energy data available on the Web, for example, electricity prices on the finance portal and NorPool and discuss what is driving them.
Teaching support:
Lectures and information will be provided in Canvas. Part of the content follows a book. Techers are available for questions during office hours. Selected teachers provide guidance for the term paper throughout the semester.
Will be listed in Canvas and announced in the initial lecture
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Lecture on Wednesday August 16. Participation in field trips, one with overnight stay and two daytrips. All hand-ins related to termpaper.
Written exam, 2 hours. The examn consist of two parts, one with multiple choice questions and one where the candidate gives a written response to a question.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse). 
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
110 hours
First year students in the bachelor's degree program "Renewable energy" has preferential right to attend the course. To retain their right students admitted to the course must attend the lecture on August 16. Other students will be admitted if there are seats available on August 16.
A sensor will approve the exam questions and grade the results.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått