Environment and Energy
Level of Study
Autumn, next time Autumn 2023
Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester.
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Objectives and Content
The course aims at giving the students insight into environmental consequences of harvesting, conversion and use of energy. The students shall be able to perform analyses and calculations of various technological energy solutions as well as local and global scenarios.
The topic shall enhance the students understanding of how different kinds of environmental footprint may be included in planning of energy installations.
The course discusses the basic principles and models for diffusion of pollutants in the atmosphere and ocean. Main focus is on physical processes for transport and dilution, but some selected chemical conversion processes and biological effects are included. Space requirements and conflicts with other activities and regulations are analysed for different energy sources and systems. Methods for incorporating environmental impact in cost models are also discussed.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- can explain the basic physical and thermodynamic principles related to transport and diffusion in air and water
- can explain the challenges related to environmental consequences of different energy sources and energy systems
- can quantify spreading of pollutants
- can perform environmental accounting of technological solutions and energy systems
- knows the various concepts to such a level that key environmental challenges related to use of energy can be communicated to specialists within physics, chemistry and biology
- can convey principles and challenges related to environmental consequences to non-specialists
Required Previous Knowledge
All mandatory courses for the Integrated Masters Programme in Energy or equivalent , until the 3rd semester have to be passed.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to the Integrated Masters Programme in Energy or equivalent at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods
4 lectures, 1 exercise per week. Parts of the time allocated to exercise will be used for project work.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
2/3 of the assignments must be handed in and approved to be admitted to final exam.
Valid for two semesters: The semester the compulsory assignment was approved and the following semester
Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 4 hours counts 70%, project work counts 30%.
Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Referents groups will be used each year.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.