TGB4228 - Deep Sea Mining


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 60/100 1 hours D
Practicals and oral group presentation 40/100

Course content

With the deep sea mining value chain as the basis, the course gives an introduction to the technological, operational and geological challenges one faces when exploring for deep sea mineralisations and extracting ore from the seabed and transporting it to a processing plant. An introduction is also given to cost and profitability studies and to typical geological characteristics of relevant deposit types.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the students should know the different aspects and elements of the deep sea mining value chain. 


The students should be able to describe and evaluate possible technologies for deep sea mining,  given certain external constraints such as ore type, sea depth and weather conditions. Students will be able to suggest a mining method and a plan for the mining operation.

General competence:

The students will acquire a broad understanding of the deep sea mining value chain.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and practicals. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Further on evaluation

Oral individual exam account for 60% of the final grade. Practicals and an oral group presentation (portfolio) account for 40%. Both the oral individual exam and the practicals and oral group presentation must be passed in order to pass the course. Students who have passed the course and would like to try to improve their grade will only re-take the final oral exam, not the practicals and oral group presentation. Students who have failed the course but passed the practicals and oral group presentation will only re-take the final oral exam.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Lecture notes, scientific papers and other handouts.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Mineral Production
  • Mining Engineering
  • Marine Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Practicals and oral group presentation 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 60/100 D 2021-12-08 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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