Undergraduate course

Introduction to Energy Resources and Consumption



Objectives and Content

The course gives the students an introduction to and overview over various energy resources, and their applications. The course shall convey understanding of how various energy resources contribute to the energy supply nationally and globally and how the energy is used.

Important renewable energy resources such as solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, tidal and wave energy, bioenergy and geothermal energy are to be discussed. Further, nuclear power and fossil energy resources together with CO2 capture and storage will be discussed. The various energy resources will be discussed in a sustainability and economic perspective. The concept of life cycle analysis will be introduced. The course will give an overview over national and global energy production and consumption as well as projections forward in time.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student:

-can explain the various energy resources and their relative importance in the global energy supply

- can explain how energy is applied and the corresponding requirements to the energy supply


The student:

-can make simple estimates on available energy from various resources

-can do estimates on cost of energy

General competence

The student:

- can discuss basic challenges related to the global energy consumption

Required Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Teaching and learning methods

4 lectures, 1 exercise per week. The exercises will include practice in calculations and 1-2 project assignments with discussions of topics addressed in the lectures. Some of the lecturing time will be allocated to guidance in the project work.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved mandatory project assignments.

Valid for four semesters: The semester the compulsory assignments were approved and the three following semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Mandatory project assignments will count 20% of the final grade and must be approved.

Written exam 4 hours will count 80% of final grade and must be passed. In case of less than 10 students, oral exam may be applied. Oral exam will then count 80% of the final grade and must passed.

Examination Support Material

Simple calculator according to the regulations at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Normally, referents groups will be used each year.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam