Course code FORN350

FORN350 Sustainable Management of Resources in a Circular Economy

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Course responsible: Ole Jørgen Hanssen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:
The course will give the students an introduction to European and Norwegian Waste politics and regulations, organisation of the waste sector, about volumes and composition of waste resources in Norway, about the methodological and data basis for waste statistics, about different methodologies for waste treatment as well as about quality standards for recycled materials. The course will give an introduction to waste logistics and basic knowledge about methodonlogies and models to evaluate enviromental and resource efficiency and effectiveness of different waste treatment solutions. The course will be based in lecturers with a high share of external guest lectures from experts in the waste sector, excursions to relevant waste treatment facilities and areas and exercises related to theories, methods and models that will be teached in the course.
Learning outcome:


Students will achieve knoweldge about waste politics, management of waste resources in a circular economy and sustainabile use of waste resources.  Focus will be on methodologies and models for waste logstics and how to evaluate net GHG emissions from different waste management solutions. Students will also get overview of how recycled materials influence environmental and resource efficiency and effectiveness of new producrs and whcih technical standards that must be fulfilled to use recycled materials in different types of products.  The roles and responsibilities of different actors in the waste systems will be discussed, as well as different organisation models.


Students will get basic skills to learn and understand waste statistics as an important basis for overview of available waste resources in the society, how to optimize use of waste resources regionally and nationally to optimize waste systems. Students will be skilled in economic models for treatment of waste resources and to calculate environmental and resource efficiency and effectiveness. Students shall also get skills in waste logistics and about the importance of transport of waste for opmtimal waste logistics.

General competence. The course is part off a package of courses which in total will give studens a master curriculum wiith indepth proifle in management and sustainable use of waste resoruces (FORN220, THT320, ECN170, Master theses in waste management. The total package will give students a good platform for jobs in the municipal waste sector, in waste treatment companies, consultancies, environmental authorities etc  

Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises, seminars and excursions.  
Teaching support:
Use of Canvas
Compendium consisting of papers from relvant scientific journals, research reports and book chapters.
MATH100, FORN100, FORN200 or courses with similar content.
Recommended prerequisites:
Written examination counts for 100%. 
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
30 hours lectures and 30 hours seminars/exercises.
Use of external cencorship in accordance with rules at NMBU
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / F