KJM1700 – Environment and Climate Challenges

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course provides a basic scientific introduction to our environmental challenges and several of the UN's sustainability goals, and how environmental authorities use this knowledge. A group project assignment provides an in-depth study of a chosen environmental theme and training in scientific publishing. The course has an interdisciplinary approach that makes it suitable for students from other disciplines who need basic knowledge of the environment and climate in the academic community.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • are aware of the underlying causes of our environmental challenges and how they exert pressure on the environment
  • have knowledge of the local, regional and global environmental state and change that are about to happen
  • master to see the context of our environmental challenges through biogeochemical cycles of selected substances in the environment
  • are able to assess what are the main impacts these changes have on the ecosystem and our ecosystem services, assume how the environment responds through the loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity, and how consider society best can respond through mitigation measures

You will also get an introduction in how to obtain literature and get involved in an environmental problem, compile the knowledge about it and write a report on the topic in a scientific format.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Chemistry 1 from high school.


40 hours of lectures.

Students must, individually or in groups, write a compulsory project assignment. An approved project assignment is a prerequisite for taking the exam. The assignment will count 25% of final grade.

A day excursion is arranged where we look at either an environmental problem or a treatment plant.

There is a compulsory attendance for the first lecture for students who will follow the course, including students on the waiting list. You will lose your spot on the course if your absence has not been reported to the Department of Chemistry before the lecture starts.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


A written partial examination in the form of a project assignment counts 25% of the final grade. A 4 hour final written digital exam counts 75% of the final grade. Both exams must be passed in the same semester in order to obtain a final grade.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Calculator. The calculator must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 26, 2020 6:17:03 PM

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