Introduction to Energy Resources and Consumption

Undergraduate course

Course description

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

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester.
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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
  • Weekly submissions of exercises
  • Participation in practice lectures
  • compulsory assignments are valid in the semester in which they are approved and in one subsequent semester.

    Forms of Assessment

    Portfolio assessment

    The portfolio consists of

    • project work consisting of participation in practice lectures, submission of assignments, a written group report and a group presentation, counts 30 % of the final grade
    • Written exam, 4 hours, counts 70 % of the final grade

    The scores from the sub-assessments are added together to determine the final grade for the course. The sub-assessments must be passed to pass the course.

    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 July 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.

    Examination Support Material
    Simple calculator according to the regulations at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.