TEP4310 - Solid Waste Technology and Resource Recovery


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 30/100 1 semesters A
Written examination 70/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course covers technologies for solid waste management and recycling and resource recovery from waste systems. The course contents will be developed in collaboration with a number of external partners from the waste management sector, as a result of a national project for increased priority to education and research within waste management and technology. As a result there will be a close collaboration with actors in the waste management sector, including Avfall Norge, waste companies, municipalities and other universities.

The contents of the course are to be decided in detail later, but the following elements may be included: i) Introduction to waste management, technology, economics, policy and regulation, ii) Generation and characterization of waste, iii) Life cycle assessment of waste systems, iv) Waste collection, iv) Waste minimization, material recycling and mechanical treatment, vi) Thermal treatment, vii) Biological treatment, viii) Landfilling, ix) Hazardous waste.

Learning outcome

The student shall have acquired knowledge on: i) Strategies and solutions for solid waste management and recycling and resource recovery from waste systems, ii) Theory regarding technologies for waste management and resource recovery from waste.

The student shall be able to: i) Explain the elements of waste policy, ii) Explain the main elements of waste generation and characterization, iii) Explain common technical solutions and designs for collection and treatment of waste and resource recovery from waste, iv) Interpret life cycle assessment studies of waste systems, and v) Reflect on important requirements for effective and environmentally friendly systems for solid waste.

General competance:
The student shall be able to: i) Adopt a systems perspective in assessment of solutions and systems for solid waste management, ii) Be able to communicate in good ways with specialists and decision makers.

Learning methods and activities

The course is offered in collaboration with the Waste Management Association of Norway, with active use of guest lectures from outside. The course includes lectures, exercises and a semester project.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portofolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portofolio includes a final written exam (70%) and exercises (30%). The result for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portofolio is assigned a letter grade. For re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Continuation examination is held as an oral test.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

No particular previous knowledge required.

Course materials

Selected parts of textbook: Thomas H. Christensen: "Solid Waste Technology & Management", Wiley 2011.
Selected other materials.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 30/100 A
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 D 2017-11-29 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.