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Undergraduate course

Continuing Education in Science: Scientific methods

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeNAT624
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Part time 50 %

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Objectives and Content

The aims of the course is to provide professional background and experience in teaching where students use scientific ways of working. There is a special focus on the natural sciences as a practical and exploratory subject, and the course deals with relevant topics and data from biology, chemistry and physics. The course includes work on:

  • Observations, data and explanations
  • Theories of Natural science
  • Link knowledge in natural science to social and professional life
  • The use of modes and modelling in the natural sciences
  • Programming and data analysis
  • Critical thinking and reasoning

The course emphasizes trials and evaluation of teaching methods.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student is able to

  • build scientific explanations based on observations and data
  • explain basic features of scientific thinking and practice
  • analyse and evaluate arguments
  • identify characteristics of critical thinking in pupils
  • link different topics to work with scientific methods


The student is able to

  • use exercises and models to demonstrate phenomena observed in nature
  • guide students in work on experiments
  • use simple programming to analyse data
  • guide students in the process from research questions to publication and criticism
  • Recognise the connection between the science, the school subject and the subject in use

General competence

The student is able to

  • plan and carry out teaching in the relevant school type, on the topics included in the course
  • apply natural science didactic research, learning theory, curriculum and subject knowledge in the construction of science education
  • use varied methods for normative and formative evaluation
  • use subject-specific digital aids in facilitation and teaching
  • participate in the development of science education at their own school
  • guidance in critical thinking and argumentation in the work on science subjects

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Required Previous Knowledge

Approved teacher education. It is also a prerequisite that the participant has access to a school class for trials of science education

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Teaching experience from primary and / or secondary school. Knowledge of the natural sciences as taught at levels 8-11.

Access to the Course

The course is open both to students who have been admitted through ¿Competence for quality¿, and for applicants who fill the requirements and apply for direct admission through ¿UiB Videre¿.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is organized with three seminars, assignments, and professional discussions at Mitt UiB. The assignments will be related to themes from the seminars, to practice and to the literature. The assignments are solved in groups. One of the assignments is peer-reviewed. The discussions have didactic themes related to the content of the seminars. Answers to these can be group or individual. The exam is based on the syllabus, material presented at the seminars, assignments and participation in the discussions.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

80% attendance at the seminars.

3 assignments must be approved before the exam.

Forms of Assessment

The form of assessment is oral group examination with individual grading.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

Reading list will be ready by December 1st.

Course Evaluation

The Directorate for Education evaluates the continuing education courses each year by questionnaire to the students.

Programme Committee

The Centre for Science Education is responsible for the professional content and structure of the study and for the quality of the course.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found at Mitt UiB, contact naturfag@skolelab.uib.no

Course Administrator

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences / The Centre for Science Education.


Contact information: naturfag@skolelab.uib.no.

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