TMR4137 - Sustainable Utilization of Marine Resources


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Arbeider 30/100
Muntlig eksamen 70/100

Course content

The course consists of several topics that are partly taught in parallel and partly integrated to obtain a holistic approach to marine knowledge. The first topic encompass an introduction to the energy flow and the most important physical processes in the atmosphere and the oceans, climate and the oceans, biological production processes in the sea, the energy flow in the marine food web, the most important living marine recourses, our most important species and fish stocks. Methods for surveillance, modelling and protection of the fish stocks are presented. The next theme deals with the history of fisheries and the present global and national situation in fisheries and aquaculture, national and international law, marine recourse management as well as national rules and regulations. Furthermore, an introduction to ethical questions is given, as well as insights into conflicts and conflict resolution, relations between fishers and fisheries management, principles for sustainable development and responsible fishing. Attention is also given to marine technology, ist history, development and usage in fishery- and aquaculture systems. The effects of technology on the environment, the consequences of energy intensive fishing, unwanted catch, by-catches, ghost-fishing and the use of selective fishing gears is also dealt vith.These questions will be illuminated by a variety of lab- exercises excursions as well as demonstrations on board the University's research vessel.
The fourth theme deals with the value-chain in fisheries and aquaculture, production and productivity is defined, simple linear models for production in fisheries and aquaculture are demonstrated as well as simple methods for technical, biological and economic design of systems for fishing and aquaculture, Methods and criteria used for project evaluation are also dealt with.

Learning outcome

Objectives: To give students from different departments/disciplines studying Costal Zone Development a common platform enabling them to communicate and cooperate efficiently in multi-disciplinary activities and projects. The course shall enable the students to describe and understand the most important physical and biological processes in the oceans, important elements i marine technology, basic element in marine systems design, as well as some knowledge of methods for project evaluation. One objective is to enable the students to combine knowledge of the physical and biological marine systems with insight into the design, construction and operation of man-made technical and biological system for sustainable utilization of living resources in the sea.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities: Lectures, laboratory exercise with demonstrations on NTNU's research vessel and a student group project including a final report of which is to be presented/lectured for the rest of the students. Lectures, presentations, lab-work and writing assignments to be carried out as teamwork. Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes an oral exam (70%) and project work (30%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Course materials

Lecture notes, exercise guidance notes.

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2011

Language of instruction: English


Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Arbeider 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Muntlig eksamen 70/100 2011-12-03 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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