Energy Resources (GEO150)

This course is about the various energy resources required for providing the modern society energy needs and climate goals.

Course description for study year 2022-2023


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Several of these resources are stored below the earth's surface in their formations as a result of geological processes, or as a result of the earth's climatic systems. The geological parts of the course explore the origin and generation of energy resources. The course develops a basic understanding of how to calculate reserves both present and recoverable, as well as control over their expected life cycle and limitations. The aim is to provide students with basic knowledge and concepts that enable them to contribute to industrial and research activities in this subject area, and also participate in public discussions on the topic.

Learning outcome


K1: The candidate has an understanding of the different units of energy.

K2: The candidate has an understanding of the different types of energy resources (renewable and non-renewable), the potentials of the different energy sources, and their economic and environmental impacts.

K3: The candidate has an understanding of energy systems and optimization of the energy combination for sustainable development.

R4: The candidate is able to understand the economics of energy and sustainability, and energy return on investments.


F1: The candidate is able to calculate the value of energy resources in relation to volume, production rates, current and future energy needs, environmental management and climate change.

F2: The candidate is able to coordinate information to evaluate financial outcomes from scenarios with different energy combinations.

F3: The candidate has the background to be able to deal with energy resources, energy needs, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change policy.

General competence

G1: The candidate is able to evaluate and communicate the distribution and economic potential of the earth's energy resources (renewable and non-renewable), and their roles in an increasing energy need and requirements for a sustainable development of the environment.

G2: The candidate is able to communicate technical information in an efficient and objective way for different user and interest groups in order to achieve an optimal use of energy resources for society and climate.

Required prerequisite knowledge

One of the following alternatives:
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1
BIP330 Geology, ÅMA100 Mathematical methods 1


Folder evaluation and written exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Folder evaluation 3/5 Letter grades All
Written exam 2/5 4 Hours Letter grades None permitted

The course has a continuous assessment consisting of one portfolio and one final exam. Both the Portfolio and exam must be passed in order to pass the course.The Portfolio contains two reports. The grade of the Portfolio is not given until all the reports have been assessed and the folder as a whole graded. For the Portfolio, there are no resit possibilities. A continuation exam is offered the following semester for students who fail the final exam. 

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Yingfang Zhou

Course coordinator:

Raoof Gholami

Programme coordinator:

Karina Sanni

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Open for

Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology


The syllabus can be found in Leganto