Course code MINA100

MINA100 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

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Course responsible: Åsgeir Rossebø Almås, Vegard Martinsen
Teachers: Erik Trømborg, Hans-Christian Teien, Lars Reier Bakken, Peter Christian Dörsch, Michael Heim
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Introduction course for the bachelorprogramme Environment and Natural Resources. The course has three elements: 1. Lectures on environmental sciences,environmental ethics, energy- and resource policy. The lectures are partly based on handouts and partly on the book Environmental Science by Botkin and Keller. The book introduces the reader to central environmental issues related to pollution, sustainability, global changes and population growth. 2. Seminars based on relvant topics. 3. Group works on selected environmental topics as proposed by the research groups at IMV (who also provide supervisors). Reporting consists of a written text (15 pages) and an oral presentation for the whole class + all supervisors.
Learning outcome:
Increased awareness of scientific and political questions related to energy and environmental science. The students will be introduced to different themes of environmental science, with a special focus on questions related to global sustainability and global environmental change. Thinking about environmental issues requires thinking scientifically. To this end the course aims at stimulating students in critical scientific thinking as well as train the students in presenting and discussing political and scientific topics related to environmental science. 
Learning activities:
Lectures/seminars. Groupwork/exercises.Excursion. Group work/projects/exercises.
Teaching support:
The course has a website in Fronter where you will find information. The teachers will be available for questions during the office hours. Some teachers at IMV will supervise the group project throughout the courses.
Botkin, B.D. and Keller, E.A., 2014. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 9th Edition. ISBN 978-1-118-42732-3, 2014. Selected articles and lecture notes.
Recommended prerequisites:

Read at lest one "popular" book on cosmology, ecosystem, environmental issues or evolution. Examples: J Diamond (Guns Germs and Steel, or Collapse), Tim Flannery (Here on earth), James Lovelock (Revenge of Gaia, or another), Markus Lindholm (Evolusjon, naturens kulturhistorie)

Mandatory activity:

August block: Excursion, development of the first draft for a term paper, presentation of the draft in plenum. Autumn parallell: Submission (and oral presentation)of termpaper in the middle of the semester with opportunity for revision before the end of the semester.


Written exam (2 hours) counts 75%, the written term-paper counts 25%. Both parts of the exam has to be passed.

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:

Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)

Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Three weeks in the August block and 4 hours/week in the Autumn parallell. Excursion: 3 days. Lectures/seminars,semester assignment with group work and guidance from teacher.

The examiner will approve the exam questions,themes for the assignments, and the written reports.

Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått