course description

Guidelines for course description

Guidelines for course description with requirements for how all fields in the course description must be described. 

Fields marked with * are fields that appear in the online version of the topic description.

*Field name


Approval requirement

*Name of course


The name of the course must be given in Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk and English. 

The name must be unique and descriptive. Will appear in the online course description and FS.
Will appear on diplomas and on the Transcript of Records that accompanies the Diploma Supplement

*Course code


The course code shall be in the correct format.

Courses shall be assigned course codes according to the following model:
- a combination of three(3) to six(6) letters and three(3) digits 
- the first digit denotes the course level
The letter code is assigned by the faculty, and should be logically related to the academic content of the course.

The entry of new course codes and the faculty in charge must be done by the person responsible in the faculty.

Study level


The study level of the course must be indicated.

The field is used in FS and provides the opportunity to extract statistics at various levels,
and that one can limit the opportunities to include subjects in the education plans that are not
at the correct level. The numbers below represent the study level code used in FS.

90-Lower degree, tool course (courses that are at a lower level than 100 courses. Eg MATH010)
100-Basic courses, level I (Equivalent to 100-courses). The beginner level in a university study.
200-Advanced courses, level II (Equivalent to 200-courses) The course presupposes knowledge from the corresponding course(s) at 100 level. The level is the second year of university study in the subject area.
500-Higher degree level (Equivalent to 300 courses). The course presupposes knowledge from corresponding course(s) at 200 level. The level of the study is academic specialization at master's degree level.
800-Further education, undergraduate degree
850-Further education, higher degree
900-Doctoral level (Equivalent to 400 courses). The course presupposes knowledge from corresponding course(s) at 300 level.



The course must normally have a minimum of five credits. 

*Weighting reduction


Students who sit examinations in courses at NMBU with completely or partly
overlapping academic content will have the total number of credits awarded for the relevant
courses reduced. 

The weighting reduction rules must be described. Also list any old courses that involve a
credit reduction for the course. 

The scope of the reduction in relation to different courses is determined by
the faculties on the recommendation of the faculty responsible for the course.



Does the topic overlap with other topics at NMBU? If yes: is there a credit reduction corresponding to
the overlap for students taking both courses? Especially for new courses:
Also state any old courses that the course has a credit reduction against.

*First and last semester the course is offered

Første og siste undervisnings

If it is a new course, state the semester and year it is planned that the course will be offered for the first time.

If the course is to be closed, state the semester and year of the course
to be given for the last time.

If a course with a final written or oral examination arrangement is closed, a student has the right to
take an examination in the same version of the course.
Such an examination is normally held at the first time for a postponed examination / new test (account)
in the following autumn / spring parallel, and no later than one year after the last ordinary examination in the course.

If the time is ahead of time, it will be displayed in the online version of the study handbook.
Courses that have been discontinued will be filtered out of the study handbook on the basis of
the information provided in this field.

The field is also used in FS to indicate that a course has been dropped, as well as to
prevent students from registering for exams in courses that are no longer offered

First and last semester for examination

Første og siste eksamenstermin

If it is a new course, state the semester and year it is planned that the course will be offered for the first time.

If the course is to be closed, state the semester and year the course is to be given for the last time.

NUS code (SSB)

NUS kode (SSB)

Studieprogram rapportering

Enter which study program the course is reported under in the NSD system.
Indicate a primary study program used in the reporting to NSD (ministry).
Please note that for reporting, it is the course's study program affiliation that determines which
funding category the credit production falls into. 

*Associated study program

Tilknyttede studie-

These study programs have the right to take the course.

Sorting subject

Fag sortering

Subject code for the "most important" subject the subject includes.

The course can be linked to several subjects, but in those contexts the course must be
presented under a specific subject, so this subject is used (for example when grouping
subjects on transcripts). Reported to Statistics Norway

*The courses assessment scheme

Emnets vurderings-

The text entered here will be processed manually before registration in FS.

The assessment information is important for grading registration, exam planning, etc.
Note that if the course has previously been registered with Longitudinal assessment, this must be changed.

Assessment schemes a subject may have: Portfolio assessment, Written examination,

Oral examination, Home examination, Assignment, Practice.
If more than one assessment scheme is combined, the course has an Combined assessment (see below).

This must be registered in the field: Assessment system, grade rule,
how much each part must count, duration of any written examination
and which aid code shall apply to the written examination.
Two examples of possible assessment schemes for a topic:

1. Written exam 3 hours during the exam period, A-F.
2. Assessment: 1 hour multiple-choice test (30%) in the middle of the semester
and 3.5 hours written exam (70%) during the exam period. A-F

At NMBU, a course might have one of the following assessment schemes:
- Combined assessment
- Portfolio
- Written exam
- Oral examination
- Home exam
- Task
- Practice
- Practical test

Combined assessment
Combined assessment is when the assessment in a course
consists of at least two
assessments (ie portfolio assessment, written examination,
oral examination, assignment, practice and more).
Each assessment scheme that is included in the
course's combined assessment must have a grade, and it must determine how much
it is to be emphasized in the final final grade for the course.
This must be stated in the course description.
There is a right of appeal against the various
sub-grades in an combined assessment.

Written final examination

Skriftlig avsluttende eksamen

Does the course have a written campus-based exam during the exam period (either as the course's only
assessment scheme or as one of several assessments)? In this field in EpN, only answer yes or no

*Content and structure

Innhold og oppbygging

The academic approach in the course and thematic structure (the student's learning activities)

must be described and must be suitable for the students to achieve learning outcomes and learning goals.

For compulsory courses, the course must be well adapted to the rest of the program in terms of
context and progression. Course frequency, teaching period and assessment period must be stated.



Specify the type of registration that applies to the course.
Direct registration is the most common

Teaching period 



For course information transferred from FS - only changes from the
original values ​​(if applicable) should be written in the free-text field.

For courses that are new in EpN, one should describe a possibly more complicated structure
that is not covered by the available choices. The information will be processed manually in FS.
For courses that go over several teaching periods, it is important to describe which period
the teaching starts, any other periods that are teaching and when the teaching ends.

The teaching term will be displayed in the online version of the study handbook and
can be used as a search criterion in the online version to find all subjects in a specific period.

Teaching and assessment period

Undervisning og vurderings-

 Ex: The course starts in the spring parallel. The course has
teaching / assessment in the spring parallel.

*Course frequency


 Yearly, every second year, even years

*Personal role


The course coordinator must be employed at NMBU and normally have scientific competence at
the minimum amanuensis level.

Course coordinator: Write the responsible for the course. Select from the drop-down menu.
If the person responsible for the course is not available in the drop-down menu,
the study department must be contacted. Please note that the course coordinator must be employed by NMBU.

Participating: Fill in if the person is not in the drop-down menu for personal roles under the teaching tab.
The field is for information only and must be followed up by the faculty to ensure correct access (eg to Canvas)

*Learning outcome


The learning outcome must be correctly described in accordance with National Qualifications Framework (NKR).
Learning outcomes must state what the student is expected to be able to and possess of knowledge,
skills and general competence when the course is completed.

The learning outcomes are written with a verb that tells what the student can do as a
result of the learning activities in the course.
The learning outcome description should not say anything about the degree of
achievement of the outcome,only the type of outcome
(it is the grade that indicates the degree to which the student has acquired the learning outcome).

It is important to have a good connection between learning outcomes and the chosen learning activities
and forms of assessment. Evaluate the course's learning outcomes against the learning outcomes described
at program level, so that there is a good connection between the program's and the course's learning
objectives so that this reflects the role the course is intended to have in the program.
For compulsory courses, there must be a clear connection between learning outcomes for the course and the program.

*Learning activities


The learning plan must be suitable for the student to achieve the learning outcomes described for the course.
It should therefore give students the opportunity to practice the type of treatment of the learning material
that the goals say they should master. The student can acquire knowledge, gain skills and general
competencies through many types of learning activities. Feel free to use student-active learning
methods in line with NMBU's learning philosophy

*Assessment system for the course

Vurderingsordning for emnet


This description will be visible to everyone under Assessment scheme on the online version of the course's
course description: The assessment scheme and how these are intended to build up under the student's learning
outcomes must be described. The assessment schemes and the assessment method must be related to the
learning outcomes, ie they test the type and level of outcomes specified. The forms of assessment should
also be in accordance with the learning activities, in that the assessment requires the same kind
of problem solving as what the students have been able to practice through the teaching and learning activities.

The description of the assessment system must clearly and unambiguously convey what is included in the assessment,
weighting of different assessments and how the students are assessed.

When approving courses with an overall assessment, the course coordinator / faculty must determine
how much the individual assessment must be emphasized in the final final grade for the course.

Example of description: "Written exam 3 hours during the exam period, A-F." - "Long-term assessment:
1 hour multiple-choice examination (30%) in the middle of the semester and 3.5 hours written examination
(70%) during the examination period. A-F"

*Compulsory activities

Obligatorisk aktivitet

Compulsory activities are works that must be approved, but which are not grade-giving,
and which the student has performed during the course's teaching period.
Compulsory teaching is teaching that the student must participate in, but which does not give a grade,
and which requires participation to get the course approved.

Mandatory activities may include one or more parts, which are not grade-giving and may,
for example, be excursion participation, laboratory exercises, attendance, practice, etc.

Unless otherwise described in the course description, compulsory activities are normally valid
until the next time the course is offered. The course coordinator decides whether the compulsory activities
must be repeated in the retest.

For the veterinary and veterinary studies, it is stated in the study plan whether compulsory
activities must be repeated in a new test.

*Assumed and recommended pre-knowledge

og anbefalte for-

It must be stated which courses, in the form of the existing course codes, are expected completed in
order to be able to take the course.
This is about what level the teaching starts at, or what topics a course is based on.
The student may have achieved a sufficient level of knowledge in another way,
and is therefore not excluded from taking the exam. If general knowledge is required,
this can be described in the text field.

Also indicate recommended prior knowledge. Courses that are recommended to be completed,
and which will make it easier for the student to complete the course, but where the course is not
necessarily based on another. If general knowledge is recommended, then this can be described.

*Expected workload

Forventet arbeids-mengde

Normal work effort is 25 hours per credit.
Expected hours with various structured activities (eg lectures, exercises,
fieldwork, seminars / colloquia etc.) + own efforts (eg problem solving, colloquia, self-study)

*Learning support


Describe how the students' learning is supported through e.g.
access to teachers during their office hours, professional guidance,
support teaching and more related to the subject.

*Teaching language


Indicate which languages ​​are offered for teaching / assessment
Norwegian: teaching is always in Norwegian.
English: teaching is always in English.
Norwegian and English: the teaching is in English if at least one student so wishes.

If a course is to be given in English when needed, a plan must be available,
as such a request can be put forward right up to the start of teaching period.

All teaching material must be available in English and all lecturers in the course
must be fluent in English or almost fluent if a course is to be offered in English.

*Course responsible and faculty

og fakultet

The course coordinator must be employed at NMBU and normally have
scientific competence at a amanuensis level as a minimum.

The course will be linked to the same faculty as the person who registers the course.

External examiner


Describe and justify how an external examiner is used to ensure the quality
of the assessment system. There must also be a written guidelines for each
individual course, where teachers and examiners describe in more detail how
the examination for each individual examination is carried out.
The course coordinator can be an internal examiner.

*Number limits


This field should only be completed if there is a number limit in the course.
Enter ev. minimum / maximum number of students for the course to be offered and
possibly division figures for the course or activities included in the course (maximum number
of students to complete an activity in a group, if the number is exceeded, the activity must
be completed in two or more groups)

*General admission requirements

Generell opptaks-informasjon

Indicate which admission requirement applies to admission to this course. Enter GSK if the course
only requires general study competence. Write REALFAG if the course presupposes that you have
science competence from before. (informatics, science, nature and environmental topics)



State study programs that have priority for admission to the course and any number restrictions can be stated.



Indicate sources and other literature used in the course 

Teaching information for the time table system (time edit)


Enter useful information so that the Department of Academic Affairs' timetable
office has enough information for the timetable:

X hours of teaching per week, distributed as follows:
Need special rooms?
Number of groups in practice hours? Etc.



Aids (aids code) that are permitted for assessment must appear in the course description
and be in accordance with the rules in NMBU's Academic Regulations.

The course coordinator / faculty decides which aids are to be allowed during the exam.
Permitted aids for the individual course must be stated in the course description.

The online version of the course descriptions will always be the current one.

Permitted aids must comply with the following codes:
- A1: no calculator, no other aids
- A2: no calculator, specified other aids
- B1: distributed calculator, no other aids
- B2: distributed calculator, specified other aids
- C1: all types of calculators, specified other aids
- C2: all types of calculators, all other written aids.
- C3: all types of calculators, all other aids - including digital aids

Cancelled teaching

Avlyse undervisning 

Teaching in a course can be cancelled if fewer students are registered for a course than what is stated as a requirement in the course description.



Excursions can be set up as an independent credit-bearing course.



Published 1. August 2016 - 10:33 - Updated 8. April 2022 - 12:10