Guideline for course description

Only courses approved in accordance with NMBU's quality assurance procedures for the approval of courses, and described in accordance with the guidelines for course descriptions, shall be offered at NMBU.  All courses offered at NMBU shall always be correctly described in Felles Studentsystem (FS), and the course description in force at any given time is published online. The Faculties use the EPN tool (online course registration) to fill in the course description. Each year, EPN is opened for changes, updates or new registrations of course descriptions.

course description

Only courses that fulfil the following requirements can be approved and offered at NMBU:

  • Academic administration terms shall be used correctly and in line with NMBU's definitions, regulations and decisions
  • The plans for the course shall comply with national laws and regulations and NMBU's regulations, including
    • The Universities and University Colleges Act
    • Regulations concerning Requirements for Master's Degrees
    • Academic regulations for NMBU
    • Regulations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Course descriptions shall be filled out in accordance with the "Description of courses (fields in EPN)" (see below)

Description of courses (fields in EPN)

Short description in English in the table below. This table covers the basic requirements of the course description. Full description of all fields available in nNrwegian at the Norwegian QUA sites.

Field name

English
Norwegian

Approval requirement

Name of course

Emnenavn

The name of the course must be given in Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk and English.  The name must be unique and descriptive. Section 21-1 of the Academic regulations for NMBU

Course code

Emnekode

The course code shall be in the correct format according to Section 21-1 of the Academic regulations for NMBU

Courses shall be assigned course codes according to the following model:
- a combination of three or four letters and three 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.

Programme level

Studienivå

The level of the course must be indicated.

Credits

Studiepoeng

The course must have a minimum of five credits. There are some exceptions for courses in the veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing programmes.
Section 21-1 of the Academic regulations for NMBU

Weighting reduction

Vektingsreduksjon

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. Section 28-1 of the Academic regulations for NMBU

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.

Contents and structure
- academic assessments

Innhold og oppbygging
- faglige vurderinger

The academic plans for the course and its thematic structure (student learning activities) must be described and must enable students to achieve the learning outcomes and learning goals.

For compulsory courses, the course must be adapted well to the rest of the programme in terms of connections and progress.

Contents and structure
- organisational assessments

Innhold og oppbygging 
- organisatoriske vurderinger

The course frequency, teaching period and assessment period must be listed.

Learning goals

Læringsmål

The course's learning goals must be listed, and for compulsory courses there must be a clear link between the learning goals for the course and the learning goals for the programme

Learning outcomes

Læringsutbytte

The learning outcomes must be correctly described in accordance with Section 21-1 of the Academic regulations for NMBU, and in line with the National Qualifications Framework  (NQF).
"Learning outcomes" means the knowledge and skills the student can be expected to have on completing the course, and shall be divided into knowledge, skills and general competency.

Assess the course learning outcome against the learning outcomes described at the programme level, so that there is a good connection between the programme and course learning goals, reflecting the role the course is to have in the programme. 

The course learning outcomes shall be at the correct level (see the NQF).

The learning outcomes shall be written as verbs describing what the student can do as a result of the learning activities in the course. The learning outcomes description shall 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 achieved the outcome.

Learning activities

Læringsaktiviteter

The learning activities shall enable the student to achieve the learning outcomes described for the course. The course description shall explain how the selected learning activities promote the learning results.

Forms of assessment

Vurderingsformer
Vurderingsopplegget

The forms of assessment and how these are meant to support student learning outcomes must be described. The forms and methods of assessment must relate to the learning outcomes. In other words, they must test the type and level of outcome indicated. The assessment methods should also correspond to the learning activities, in that assessments require the same type of problem-solving that students have practised in class.

Descriptions of the system of assessment shall clearly and unambiguously convey what is part of the assessment, the weighting of different assessments and how students are assessed.
When courses subject to continuous assessment are approved, the course coordinator / faculty shall decide how the component activities shall be evaluated, whether they must be passed, and how much they shall be weighted in the final grade for the course. The continuous assessments shall be announced to the students by the lecturer/faculty. The assessment method and, if relevant, the time and method of announcing the assessment activities, shall be stated in the course descriptionfor each course.  

Compulsory activities

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

Compulsory activities, which are activities that do not form part of the basis for the grade but that must be completed before the student can sit the examination, must be listed: Section 33-6 of the Academic regulations for NMBU. 

Compulsory activities can include one or several activities, e.g. participation in excursions and, if relevant, excursion reports, laboratory exercises, specimen collection, compulsory attendance, compulsory assignments to be handed in, practical training and, if relevant, reports, project assignments and locally organised written or oral tests. Compulsory practical training must be registered in the individual education plan as a separate course.

Compulsory activities are normally valid for  until the next time the course is offered. The course responsible decides whether the compulsory activities must be repeated if a candidate re-sits an examination. The programme description for the veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing programmes specifies whether compulsory activities must be repeated if a candidate re-sits an examination. How many semesters a compulsory activity can be used before being completed again should therefore be indicated.

Pre-existing knowledge

Forutsatte kunnskaper

The courses the student must have taken in order to take the course must be indicated in the form of existing course codes. This is about the level the teaching starts at, or the courses a course builds on. The student may have achieved a sufficient level of knowledge in other ways, and will therefore not be barred from sitting the examination. If specific general knowledge is required, this can be described in the text field.

Also indicate the recommended existing knowledge. Recommended courses that will make it easier for the student to complete the course, but which the course does not necessarily build on. If specific general knowledge is required, this can be described.

Expected amount of work

Forventet arbeidsmengde

 

The nominal amount of work is 30 hours per credit.
Expected hours for various structured activities (e.g. lectures, exercises, fieldwork, seminars. etc.) + own efforts (e.g. assignments, study groups, independent study)

Learning support

Læringsstøtte

Describe how student learning is supported through, for instance, access to lecturers during office hours, academic supervision, supplementary teaching, etc. associated with the course.

Language of teaching

Undervisningsspråk

Indicate which languages of teaching are offered

Norwegian: teaching is always in Norwegian 
English: teaching is always in English 
Norwegian and English: teaching in English if at least one student requests it. 

Please note that if a course is offered in English when necessary, plans for this must be ready, as such needs may arise right up to the time the semester starts.

All learning materials must be available in English and all lecturers in the course must speak English fluently or near-fluently if the course is to be offered in English.

Course responsible and faculty

Emneansvarlig og institutt

The course responsible must be an NMBU employee and, at a minimum, have academic qualifications at the associate professor level.

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

Examiner

Sensor

Describe and justify how examiners will be used to quality assure the learning programme. There will also be an examiner's form that is to be enclosed with the grading form for each course, where lecturers and examiners describe how the grading of each examination is done.

Limits regarding the number of students

Antallsbegrensning

This will be shown in the online version of the student handbook. The field shall only be filled in if there are limits related to the number of students in the course. Indicate any minimum/maximum number of students required for the course to be offered and any number at which the course or activities in the course will be split (maximum number of students to do an activity in a group – if the figure is exceeded the activity must be carried out in two or more groups).

General access information

Generell adgangsinformasjon

See the circular from the Ministry: The Ministry has chosen to clarify the terms in these regulations as follows: "Informatics education" means all programmes in which more than half of the credits are in informatics and necessary supplementary subjects in the natural sciences and technology. "Natural and environmental sciences" means all programmes in which more than half of the credits are in natural sciences, technology and/or environmental sciences. To be clear: mathematics is a natural science. The institutions shall themselves inform potential applicants about which programmes in the institution fall under the admission criteria in section 8(c). This also applies to admission to individual courses."

Indicate which admission criteria apply for admission to this course.

 Priority

Fortrinnsrett

Indicate which programmes have priority for admission to the course and any limits regarding the number of students.

Published 1. August 2016 - 10:33 - Updated 3. April 2018 - 13:19