PPU4620 - Teacher Education: Teaching Biology - Part I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The course is part of the professional education courses in the 5-year-integrated master study programmes for teacher education, and is one of four courses students take in subject didactics.

The course covers topics relating to teaching and to students' learning. Learning comprises both cognitive, bodily, aesthetic and creative learning processes. The learning process is also affected by affective aspects, such as motivation, attitudes, identity and emotions.

The course gives students a basis for planning, carrying out, evaluating and reflecting on teaching, based on academic and experience-based knowledge and theory. Knowledge about and insight into subject-didactical theory and research provides students with the competencies they need in order to improve their own practice as well as the school's activities.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has knowledge about the development of the subject area within school, culture and research
  • has broad knowledge of the subject's current curriculum
  • has knowledge about different theoretical perspectives and relevant research relating to teaching, learning and use of learning strategies in the subject
  • has knowledge about student diversity and cross-curricular cooperation
  • has knowledge about subject-specific integration of basic skills


The student

  • can utilize and relate to the current curriculum in planning and carrying out the teaching
  • can plan and manage teaching on different learning arenas
  • can plan and carry out varied approaches to teaching, which lead to good learning processes
  • can exercise professional digital competence in the effort of promoting effective learning
  • can justify the importance of the subject as a school subject, as well as justify the subject's social relevance
  • can use academic literature and other relevant sources of information to structure and formulate written and oral professional argumentation and reasoning related to relevant subject-didactical questions

General competence

The student

  • can reflect on and discuss professional, subject-didactical and ethical questions
  • can, based on research, theory and experience, analyse and develop own practice in the meeting with future pupils' qualifications, interests and needs

Learning methods and activities

The course is the first part of subject didactics within the 5-year-programme, and the teaching takes place in the autumn term.

Realization of the course objectives requires an interplay between subject disciplinary competence, teaching competence, acquisition of subject didactical theories and terminologies as well as reflection on own teaching practice and cooperation with the practice schools. The students will experience a variation of teaching methods and activities, and also different learning arenas.

A certification responsibility has been ascribed to NTNU, to ensure that students master key competences for their future profession as teachers for grades 8-13. A minimum of 75 % attendance is hence required to be allowed to sit the exam in the course. It is essential that students develop into independent and responsible teachers who are able to cooperate with peer students and future colleagues. Personal effort is hence important not only for own learning, but also for peers' and colleagues' professional development.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory participation in teaching periods

Further on evaluation

The exam paper must be written in Norwegian, Danish or Swedish. Teacher response on first draft of the exam paper will be offered, provided that the submission deadline is respected.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Geography with Teacher Education (MLGEOG)
Natural Science with Teacher Education (MLREAL)
Physical Education and Sport with Teacher Education (MLKIDR)

Required previous knowledge

Passed exams according to the studyplan. The requirements relating to previous knowledge must be met prior to starting the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PPU4221 7.5 01.09.2015
PPU4521 7.5 01.09.2015
PPU4720 7.5 01.09.2015
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • Practical teacher training
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Work 100/100 INSPERA
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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