TGB4270 - Environmental Aspects of Mineral Production


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

This course will provide an overview of the most important environmental impacts which occur as a consequence of mineral production with regard to description of problems, their causes and effects. Remediation options for prevention or reduction of environmental effects will be examined. The topics considered will be adapted to Norwegian conditions and will include amongst others: runoff from sulphide mines, heavy metal pollution, particle pollution and chemical releases, tailings deposition and alternative uses of mineral waste. Strategies and methods for monitoring and analysis will also be examined.

Learning outcome

The course will provide an overview of the most important environmental consequences following mineral production, with regard to description of problems, causes, effects and remedial actions.

Knowledge: Students will acquire fundamental knowledge of the most important environmental challenges linked to mineral production, with weight on the the understanding of causes and environmental effects.

Skills: Students will be capable of identifying potential environmental effects related to new or extended operations, as well as producing a simple sketch of the elements which should be included in an environmental impact assessment. In addition, students will be able to perform transport calculations and plan a monitoring program for monitoring a local water system, together with practical skills for performing water and soil sampling in addition to the correct preparation and analytical methods. The students will master basic digital calculation tools.

Learning methods and activities

The course will be taught in Norwegian only. This is because the course materials are to a very large degree based on Norwegian documents, reports, laws and environmental impact assessments which are produced only in the Norwegian language. The course is evaluated by a reference group and/or questionnaire.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

TGB4227 Mineral Production, Basic Course or similar basic course in mineral processing.

Course materials

Lecture notes and a collection of articles, documents, reports and environmental impact assessments.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Mineral Production
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2022-05-19 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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