TECHNOLOGY AND SAFETY IN THE HIGH NORTH

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MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME

TECHNOLOGY AND SAFETY

IN THE HIGH NORTH

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Contents

1 Introduction ...3

2 Objectives...3

3 Learning outcome ...3

4 Target group...4

5 Basis of admission/ prerequisites ...4

6 Employment possibilities ...4

7 Content, work load and level...4

8 Language of instruction and examination ...6

9 Teaching methods...6

10 Examination...7

11 Master’s thesis ...7

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Introduction

The Department of Engineering and Safety (IIS) at the Faculty of Science and

Technology (NTF) is responsible for the Master’s Degree Programme Technology and safety in the High North. IIS will develop and manage the programme in close

cooperation with the programme council. Other departments at the faculty and the university, as well as other relevant institutions, will be important partners in the master’s degree programme.

Both the oil and gas industry and shipping in the High North is expected to increase considerably. The High North is characterised by rich marine resources, vulnerable environment, long distances, harsh climate and poor infrastructure. This implies new challenges to industrial companies and others; new solutions are needed, both in regard to technology and safety. This master’s degree programme provides students with knowledge about these issues, and the skills to manage the challenges.

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Objectives

When completing the master’s degree programme students should have a broad understanding of, and in-depth knowledge about, the distinctive challenges related to industrial activities in the Arctic areas in general, and oil/gas and shipping in particular.

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Learning outcome

The master’s degree programme emphasises on technology and safety issues related to complicated operations, as well as management and maintenance of production facilities/systems in the High North.

After concluding the programme the candidates should:

• Have knowledge of technical solutions for the operation and maintenance of ships and offshore facilities operating in the High North

• Be able to participate in maritime safety work and risk assessment and risk management in connection to maritime operations and offshore activities in the Arctic

• Have knowledge regarding methods, planning and management tools that can contribute to reduced risk for accidents and possible harmful

environmental impacts in the Arctic

• Have knowledge concerning challenges related to preparedness and crisis management in the Arctic

• Be able to work independently and in accordance with research methodology, in order to analyse research problems

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Target group

The Master’s Degree Programme Technology and safety in the High North is an interdisciplinary programme founded on engineering. The programme is relevant for students with different engineering/technological background. Students from both university colleges and universities will be recruited.

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Basis of admission/ prerequisites

Completed engineering or technological Bachelor degree is required for admission to the master’s degree programme. When completing the master’s degree programme students get the title “Master of Science”.

Normally admission to the master’s degree programme requires that the average Bachelor degree grade is C or above. The lectures are based on the courses “Mathematics 2” and “Statistics” (DS209).

All educational activities will be in English. In order to read academic literature and profit from lectures, students must have sufficient knowledge of English. Further reference is made to: ”Forskrifter for opptak til studier ved UiT” as well as: ”Utfyllende bestemmelser for mastergraden (120 studiepoeng)” ved Det matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet1.

http://www2.uit.no/ikbViewer/Content/68958/Utfyllende%20bestemmelser%20for %202-årig%20master.pdf

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Employment possibilities

Relevant occupations include jobs in shipping as well as in the oil and gas industry, specially emphasising on HSE, operations and maintenance of industrial facilities as well as risk and safety issues. Jobs in public administration or private sector with societal safety and preparedness planning, investigation and administration is also relevant, as well as research and education.

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Content, work load and level

The Master’s Degree Programme Technology and Safety in the high North is a 2 year full-time study with a fixed schedule. However, the programme can be adjusted to part-time students.

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Study plan

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1 H NAU-3001 Maritime operations and preparedness 10 ECT STA-2001 Stochastic processes 10 ECT NTF-3001

Research methodology for Science 10 ECT 1 V TEK-3001 Operations and maintenance 10 ECT TEK-3002

Risk and reliability analysis 10 ECT Elective course 10 ECT 2 H 2 V TEK-3900 Master thesis

Technology and safety in the High North 60 ECT

The two first semesters consist of joint courses, mandatory for all students. The lectures will focus on research methodology and the subject areas of the programme will be introduced. Topics like maritime operations and preparedness, risk and reliability analysis, operations and maintenance will be given special attention. In addition 10 credits are reserved to elective course(s).

The elective course(s) provide students with the possibility for in-depth studies based on their educational background and field of interest.

Students themselves must verify that they meet current prerequisites for a given course. Reservations in regard what courses are available must be taken into account. Selection of elective courses must be done in consultation with the department. Alternatively students can choose courses from other universities in Norway, including UNIS, or abroad. Lectures must correspond with the programme description of the master’s degree programme, and must be preapproved by the department.

During the final two semesters students shall complete an independent Master thesis, equivalent to 60 ECT. Students can choose an in-depth study based on the thematic focus of their Bachelor degree, or one or more of the subject areas in the master’s degree programme. Working with the Master thesis, the student should demonstrate knowledge about the research methodology presented in the programme, as well as ability for scientific reflection and analysis.

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Further reference is made to: ”Utfyllende bestemmelser for mastergraden (120 studiepoeng)” at the Faculty of Science and Technology2

http://www2.uit.no/ikbViewer/Content/68958/Utfyllende%20bestemmelser%20for %202-årig%20master.pdf

Course outline:

Code Course 1 year 2 year Dep.

Mandatory courses ECT H V H V

NAU-3001 Maritime operations and preparedness 10 X IIS

STA-2001 Stochastic processes 10 X IMS

NTF-3001 Research methodology for Science 10 X IIS

TEK-3001 Operations and maintenance 10 X IIS

TEK-3002 Risk and reliability analysis 10 X IIS

Elective course(s) 10 X

TEK-3900 Master thesis Technology and safety in the High North 60 X X IIS

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Language of instruction and examination

Instruction and examination will be in English.

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Teaching methods

The teaching methods will vary from lectures, projects, student presentations, teamwork and mandatory assignments. Exercises and excursion can occur. Fronter is used as online learning solutions at the University of Tromsø.

Courses can include compulsory lectures and approval of exercises/fieldwork and/or semester reports. This will appear from the course description for each individual course.

Problem based learning (PBL) is an important part of the education at the

Department of Engineering and Safety. This approach gives each student extended responsibility for individual learning. PBL provides practice in problem analysis, collection of data and problem solving. Working in smaller groups students also gets to practice their communication and cooperation skills.

Project based learning is one of the PBL methods the IIS place emphasis on. In addition to being a learning method, project work is widely used in both public administration and private sector. Educational institutions using project work as learning method receive positive feedback from both employers and former students.

More detailed description of teaching methods appears from course descriptions.

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Examination

The methods of assessment will vary from written exam, home assignments, project reports and oral exams. In some cases a combination of different assessment

methods will be used. If mandatory assignments are required in order to take an examination, this will appear from the course description.

Academic achievements are evaluated using either letter grades (A-F), or in some cases passed/failed.

More detailed description of assessment methods appears from the course descriptions.

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Master’s thesis

The last study year students are purposed to complete a mandatory, independent master’s thesis, equivalent to 60 ETC. Students can choose an in-depth study on one or more of the subjects in the master’s degree programme, e.g. maritime operations and preparedness, risk and reliability analysis, operation and maintenance.The master’s thesis can be written at the department, at another university, or in cooperation with a private company or public sector.

The student will get a supervisor assigned when he/she starts working on the master’s thesis. When the project proposal is approved, student, supervisor and department enter into a supervising contract. Further reference is made to: ”Utfyllende bestemmelser for mastergraden (120 studiepoeng)” ved Det matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet3.

http://www2.uit.no/ikbViewer/Content/68958/Utfyllende%20bestemmelser%20for %202-årig%20master.pdf

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Student exchange

Students are recommended to participate in exchange programmes abroad during their master’s degree programme. Residence at other universities in the High North is especially recommended. The department offers assistance for students that wants to participate in exchange programmes. The University of Tromsø has

exchange programmes with universities in e.g. Canada, Russia and the USA. For more information: http://www2.uit.no/www/studenter/utveksling.

Alternatively to exchange programmes abroad, studies at the University Center at Svalbard (UNIS) is highly recommended. For more information: http://www.unis.no/

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