Introduction to Ocean Environment

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


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


The course consists of a selection of modules such as:

  • Introduction to marine biology, marine environment and environmental changes
  • Introduction to seabed geology
  • Introduction to oceanography
  • Introduction to hydro dynamics
  • Introduction to marine acoustics, optics and measurement science
  • Introduction to offshore renewable energy
  • Introduction to subsea oil-and gas production
  • Introduction to aquaculture technology
  • Introduction to perspectives of sustainability in ocean environment
  • Introduction to sea/marine law
  • Information sources and reference management

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

  • 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 student

  • is able to apply professional knowledge on issues and make reasoned choices
  • master relevant professional techniques and forms of expression and can convey key theories, issues and solutions in ocean technology
  • can find, assess and refer to information and subject matter

General competence 

The student

  • has general knowledge of the scientific link between central themes within ocean technology
  • can give an account of selected issues in ocean technology
  • is familiar with and can apply relevant sources of information, including reference management

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

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 and learning methods
The teaching method is by lectures and excursions.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Compulsory attendance (minimum 80 % of lectures)
  • Compulsory reflection notes from course excursions
  • Compulsory project assignment
  • Compulsory quiz from selected topics
  • Approved compulsory assignments are valid for 2 subsequent semesters. It is compulsory for students admitted to the Integrated Master's Programme in Ocean Technology to take this course in the first semester of the programme.

    Forms of Assessment
    The forms of assessment are:
    • Final multiple choice exam (2 hours) counting 100 % of the total grade.
    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
    Autumn 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 control system at UiB and the department.
    Examination Support Material
    Basic calculator allowed in accordance with the regulations specified by the Faculty.
    Programme Committee
    The Programme Committee for Ocean Technology 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.