MGLU1506 - Natural Science 1 (5-10) Module 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Utøvende aktivitet 0/1 3 days HJELPEMIDD Passed/Failed
Written examination 1/1 6 hours HJELPEMIDD Letters

Course content

Natural science 1 (5-10) subject 1 covers central areas of science for levels 5-10 and provides the student with knowledge in physics, chemistry, geology, biology, technology, mathematics, and science didactics. The course provides basic knowledge in mechanics, forces, particles, the period system, the solar system, minerals and rocks, as well as ecology. The course also provides insight into didactic topics such as the use of models, practical and varied teaching, misconceptions, and assessment in science. The course does not cover the entire academic breadth of the elementary school subject for levels 5-10. That breadth can be achieved by taking Science 1 subject 2 and Science 2. This course description for Science 1 for 5-10 is based on the National Guidelines for Primary School Teacher Education, 5-10 level from 2016.

Learning outcome

The candidate
- has knowledge of the curriculum in natural science for primary school, 5-10 level
- has knowledge of practical work and varied teaching in science
- has knowledge of the misconception of relevant subjects
- has knowledge of formative assessment in science education
- has knowledge of the use of models in science education
- has basic knowledge of kinematics, forces and interactions between bodies, including electrically charged particles, and can use this knowledge as the basis for student learning of mechanics and electricity
- has knowledge of key concepts such as energy conservation, -transfer and -quality, as well as various energy forms
- has basic knowledge of the solar system
- has knowledge of waves, sound and light
- has knowledge of the use of the model of matter to concretize the construction of matter, and to explain physical changes and phenomena in daily life and in nature
- has an understanding of the periodic system and how it is important for the construction of chemical substances, bonds between atoms, and reactions
- has basic knowledge of common Norwegian minerals and rocks
- has knowledge of ecology and ecological processes

The candidate
- can carry out varied practical and dialogic teaching in science for pupils in middle and lower secondary school
- can teach science with awareness of the student's misconception in the subject
- can use and evaluate the usage of different models and representations in science education
- can carry out activities and measurements, in physics and chemistry, with the use of relevant equipment, evaluate necessary safety measures, and make calculations with and without digital tools
- can carry out teaching in technology and design with a focus on the process of designing and creating technological products

The candidate
-has insight into the methods and ways of thinking about the natural sciences and the importance of science as a general-purpose subject
-has an overview of subjects in science and can see connections between these subjects
- can analyze and apply the current curriculum for pupils at the 5-10 level as a starting point for science education
- can discuss his or her own role and practice, and develop opportunities as a science teacher
- has insight into how ethics, values, and attitudes can affect science education
- has competence in information gathering and source assessment in science

Learning methods and activities

Varied forms of work will be used, and adapted to different parts of the subject. Experience-based and inquiry learning based on active student learning elements such as field work (observation, exploration, and mapping of nature), laboratory work (experiments and activities), and argumentation are central. Introduction to, and simple use of, ICT tools, academic and didactic, to animations, simulations and modeling within the natural science theme will contribute to the students' digital competence. The lecture form, together with class teaching, will be used to provide an overview, clarify academic problems, present central knowledge, and work with examples and tasks. Student-active forms of work with self-study, individual work, and work in groups with assignments and projects are important parts of the study. Furthermore, the students are expected to use the university's library and other sources of information and learning actively, and prepare for planned teaching. The students' work on the subject will be assessed with both formative and summative assessment methods.
During the course, the students will be given a number of compulsory work requirements, written and oral assignments, and practical work. The details in connection with the organization of the teaching can be found in the semester plan.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments:
- Skills training with reporting.
- 75% attendance requirements on laboratory work. It is mandatory to be present at the laboratory when the laboratory activities are being carried out.
- Submission of assignments / tests that cover selected learning outcomes formulations and / or reports (oral, digital or written) from fieldwork / field trips / practice and laboratory work.

No compensatory work will be given for lack of mandatory presence.
Mandatory work requirements are assessed as approved / not approved.

Assessments are given as to partial assessments:
- Written exam, Individual, 6 hours, grade A-F.
- Executive activity: Excursion in biology, practice of fieldwork methods, Pass / fail. Permitted aids: All aids allowed

Partial assessments may be retaken or improved individually.

All sub-assessments must be passed in order to obtain a passing grade in the course.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)

Course materials

The final syllabus will be published on Blackboard before the start of the program.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
LGU51007 7.5 01.09.2017
MGLU3505 15.0 01.09.2017
More on the course

Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn UTS Utøvende aktivitet 0/1 HJELPEMIDD
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Utøvende aktivitet 0/1 HJELPEMIDD
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Written examination 1/1 HJELPEMIDD
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 1/1 HJELPEMIDD
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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