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Basic course 3: Theory of natural science

International Bachelor Study Programme in Natural Science
Activity type
Basic course
Teaching language

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Course material and Reading list

Material that can be found at Moodle

Evaluation- and feedback forms

There will be given feedback at the assignments that are handed in during the course. An electronic evaluation will take place by the end of the course

Head of studies/academic coordinator
Morten Blomhøj (blomhoej@ruc.dk)
Administration of exams
Nibbach Studyadministration (nibbach-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
Responsible for the activity
Martin Niss (maniss@ruc.dk)
Torben Braüner (torben@ruc.dk)
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
  • Knowledge of scientific-theoretical aspects in subjects within the Natural Sciences

  • Knowledge of philosophical, historical, didactic and ethical aspects of Natural Sciences

  • Skills to be able to select and draw upon relevant literature, including scientific-theoretical literature and relevant original scientific sources

  • Skills to be able to describe an area or an issue within the Natural Sciences, so that it becomes accessible to scientific-theoretical analysis and reflection

  • Skills to be able to carry out investigations of and reflections on the Natural Sciences and their roles and functions in education, research and application

  • The competence to be able to carry out scientific-theoretical analysis on a delimited natural scientific research question

  • The competence to be able to share knowledge about investigations of and reflections on scientific-theoretical aspects of subjects and issues within the Natural Sciences

Overall content

The course is designed around a number of science theory themes with associated cases. Among other things, this will include traditional philosophy of science positions such as logical positivism, Popper’s falsificationism and Kuhn’s theory on scientific revolutions, as well as core issues concerning scientific methods, natural history versus experimental science, the foundation of mathematics and mathematics as a modelling tool, pseudo-science, ethics, and the role of computersimulation in science.

Prerequisites for participation in the exam

Students must submit 6 group assignemnts during the course in groups of 2-4 students. The assignements are set and approved by the course coordinator. The assignements are handed in during the course and followed by feedback.

Students who do not meet the prerequisite can resubmit the assignments. Deadline is stated at study.ruc.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures and group work with reports for the cases.

Type of activity

Mandatory course

Form of examination
Individual written invigilated exam in a topic(s) given by the lecturer.

The duration of the exam is 1 hour.

Permitted support and preparation materials for the exam: None.

Assessment: Pass/Fail.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U26533
Last changed 20/08/2020

lecture list:

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Monday 31-08-2020 10:15 - 31-08-2020 12:00 in week 36
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Tuesday 01-09-2020 10:15 - 01-09-2020 12:00 in week 36
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 04-09-2020 10:15 - 04-09-2020 12:00 in week 36
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 11-09-2020 10:15 - 11-09-2020 12:00 in week 37
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 18-09-2020 10:15 - 18-09-2020 12:00 in week 38
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 25-09-2020 10:15 - 25-09-2020 12:00 in week 39
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 02-10-2020 10:15 - 02-10-2020 12:00 in week 40
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 09-10-2020 10:15 - 09-10-2020 12:00 in week 41
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 16-10-2020 10:15 - 16-10-2020 12:00 in week 42
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 23-10-2020 10:15 - 23-10-2020 12:00 in week 43
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 30-10-2020 10:15 - 30-10-2020 12:00 in week 44
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Friday 06-11-2020 10:15 - 06-11-2020 12:00 in week 45
BC3 Theory of natural science (NIB)

Wednesday 18-11-2020 13:00 - 18-11-2020 14:00 in week 47
BC3 Theory of natural Science - Exam (NIB)

Friday 15-01-2021 12:00 - Monday 18-01-2021 12:00 in week 02 and week 03
BC3 - Final submission of assignments in Moodle (prerequisites reexam) (NIB)

Friday 29-01-2021 13:00 - 29-01-2021 14:00 in week 04
BC3 Theory of natural science - Reexam (NIB)