Course code FORN100

FORN100 Energy, Environment and Society

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2019 - 2020 .

Course responsible: Thomas Martinsen
Teachers: Erik Trømborg, Torjus Folsland Bolkesjø, Ole Jørgen Hanssen, Bjørn Edvard Sønju-Moltzau, Muyiwa Samuel Adaramola, Arne Reidar Gravdahl
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: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Introductory course for the bachelor's program in renewable energy. The course has an introduction to scientific approach and writing 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:


They should have an overview of:

  • The energy system and the challenges it faces today and in the future.
  • Energy resource access, resource use and circular economy How energy use is distributed among different functions in society.
  • Conversion technologies and the energy market.
  • How policy, instruments and technological development are analyzed.
  • What emission sources and substances contribute to pollution locally, regionally and globally.
  • Ecology and natural systems relevant to pollution from energy production.
  • Difference between the typical writing characters and know which of them best characterizes oneself.
  • Simple writing rules


  • Could use the reference program EndNote, including entering references in NMBU Harward style in their own library from databases and manually and entering references in their own text.
  • Be able to use the program Word including insert figure / table text with hyperlink and cross-reference to text, numbered headings and table of contents.
  • Provide a brief and clear presentation of the semester assignment for the class.

General competence

  • The student should know what the program in renewable energy contains and broad knowledge of career opportunities.
  • Through the term paper you should show that you cooperate with others in a small group and reach a common result.
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 NordPool and discuss what is driving them. A term paper consisting of 15-25 pages must be written. 
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:
First lecture. Participation in field trips, one with overnight stay and three daytrips. All hand-ins related to writing exercise and an oral presentation of the paper.
Continous examination. Term paper and written exam. The written exam consist of multiple choice questions and written responses to questions. Both examinations have to passed to pass the course.
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 15. Other students will be admitted if there are seats available on August 15.
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: Passed / Failed