TMR4137 - Sustainable Utilization of Marine Resources


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home Exam 50/100 2 hours A
Rapport 40/100 ALLE
Semesteroppgave 10/100 ALLE

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 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 Ocean Resources a common platform enabling them to communicate and cooperate efficiently in multi-disciplinary activities and projects. The sustainability concept is a core integrator in the course. 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 - environmental, social and economical sustainability.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities: Lectures, term paper project, and exercise with demonstration of fishereis equipment onboard NTNU's research vessel. The term paper project is organised in groups of four to five students, presented and evaluated based upon an individual report per student and a presentation developed and presented by the whole group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Term paper presentation
  • Report Term Paper

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a written exam (50%), project work with report (40%) and group based oral presentation (10%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.
Submitted project report and oral presentation is ibligatory activities required for access to written exam.

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

Lecture notes, research reports and scientific papers, exercise guidance notes.

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Semesteroppgave 10/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Rapport 40/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home Exam 50/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Semesteroppgave 10/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Rapport 40/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home Exam 50/100 A INSPERA
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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