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Undergraduate course

Introduction to Energy Resources and Consumption

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeENERGI101
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester.
Please, see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

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 and national energy supply
  • can explain key terms and concepts related to various energy technologies
  • can explain the application of various energy resources and technologies


The student

  • can make estimates on available energy from various resources as well as efficiencies related to conversion of energy between various forms
  • can make simple estimates of energy consumption and cost of energy
  • can make simple calculations related to fundamental and key relations for the various energy technologies

General competence

The student

  • can discuss challenges related to the development of energy usage globally and locally, including resources, costs, societal, and environmental issues

Required 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 Energy.

Teaching and learning methods

2 lectures à 2 +1 hour each week, 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

Mandatory attendance on assignment presentation

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

Forms of Assessment

Mandatory project assignments will count 30% of the final grade and must be approved.

Written exam 4 hours will count 70% of final grade and must be passed.

We add up scores from the partial assessments to determine the final grade in the course. All partial assessments must be passed to pass the course.

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

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    01.03.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam