Undergraduate course

Introduction to Ocean Environment

ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content


The course aims to provide students with broad knowledge in key professional elements of ocean technology and convey an understanding of the subject area distinctiveness and challenges.


The course consist of the following modules:

  1. Introduction to marine biology, marine environment and environmental changes
    (2 weeks - 4 lectures)
  2. Introduction to seabed geology (2 weeks - 4 lectures)
  3. Introduction to oceanography (2 weeks - 4 lectures)
  4. Introduction to sea/ marine law (2 weeks - 4 lectures)
  5. Introduction to marine technology (terminology, floating marine structures, hydrostatics) (3 weeks - 6 lectures)
  6. Introduction to marine acoustics and optics (2 weeks - 4 lectures)

Introduction to offshore renewable energy (1 weeks - 2 lectures)

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 students

* has a broad knowledge of central themes in ocean technology

* has knowledge of selected research and development work within ocean technology

* has understanding of key issues in ocean technology


The students
* is able to apply professional knowledge on issues and make reasoned choices.
* master relevant professional techniques and forms of expression
* can find, assess and refer to information and subject matter

General competence
The students

* understands the scientific link between central themes within ocean technology
* have knowledge of central issues in ocean technology
* can convey key theories, issues and solutions in ocean technology

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to the Integrated Master's Programme in Ocean Technology

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching method is by lectures and excursions

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory attendance. Approved compulsory assignments are valid for 2 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

  • Final multiple choice exam (2 hours) 80% of total grade.
  • Reflection paper summarizing the course excursions 20% of total grade.

Examination Support Material

Basic calculator allowed in accordance with the regulations specified by the Faculty.

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

Spring semester and autumn semester. In semester without teaching is examination early in 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 control system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

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

Course Coordinator

Contact information for the course coordinator is avaialble at «Mitt UiB», alternatively contact the student advisor.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Techology are administratively responsible for the course.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    2 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam