Energy Resources (GEO150)

This course is about the various energy resources required for providing the modern society energy needs and climate goals. This course focuses on subsurface aspects of energy resources.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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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


Recommended prerequisites

GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Folder evaluation 1/1 10 Weeks Letter grades All

The course has a portfolioThe Portfolio contains two reports. The grade of the Portfolio is not given until both the reports have been assessed and the portfolio as a whole graded. It is not a re-sit option in this course. Students who fail or want to improve their grade must re-take the course as a whole the next time it is offered.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Raoof Gholami

Study Adviser:

Karina Sanni

Study Program Director:

Lisa Jean Watson

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Open for

Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Vocational Path - Bachelor in Engineering Energy and Petroleum Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology
Science and Technology - one-year programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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