MENA1000 – Materials, energy and nanotechnology

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MENA1000 is an introductory course in materials science and is a mandatory part of the bachelor programme in Materials, energy and nanotechnology. The course includes the necessary background in physics and chemistry and has furthermore emphasis on materials for environment friendly energy technology and on nanotechnology. MENA1000 can be a useful and interesting optional course for students in other bachelor programs.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you shall have acquired the following

Fundamental knowledge in physics: Movement, forces, energy, gravitation,electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic radiation. Fundamental knowledge in chemistry: The elements, periodic table, bonds, inorganic and organic compounds, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria.

Introductory overview of important materials classes, their
compositions, bonds, structure, defects, and areas of use: Construction materials and mechanical properties, functional materials and physical properties (e.g. optical, electrical, magnetic, catalytic).

Knowledge about fossil and renewable sources of energy, about
conversion, storage, and transport of energy, and about technology for reducing pollution and emissons of greenhouse gases.

Knowledge about what nanotechnology is and examples of principles, tools, nanomaterials, and uses. Introductory on Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) issues and Ethical, Legal, and Societal Aspects (ELSA).

Introductory practical skills in execution and reporting of experiments in physics and chemical laboratory work, including synthesis of an advanced material (high-temperature superconductor).


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

The following HSE courses must also be taken in the same semester or earlier than MENA1000:

For students taking MENA1000 Autumn 2012 or later, you must first pass the two HSE courses MNHMS0015 and MNHMS0010LS before you may include MENA1000 as part of a degree.

Recommended previous knowledge

Basic chemistry (e.g. 2KJ) and physics (e.g. 2FY). One or both of more extended chemistry and physics is an advantage

Overlapping courses

10 study points against MEF1000 – Materials and energy (discontinued)


The course comprises 40 hours of lectures, 30 hours of exercises, and a laboratory course of 20 hours (4 days). Completed and passed laboratory course is required to take the final exam.

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.


Written mid-term exam (1 hour) which counts 10 % and written final exam (4 hours) which counts 90 % of the total grade. If you have documented and excused absence from the midterm exam, the final exam counts 100 % of the final grade. The laboratory course must be approved before a student may sit for the final exam.

Examination support material

Pocket calculator.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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.

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