FYS3810 – Physics Education Research and Practice

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to physics education research and practice and focuses on teaching and learning physics. Which teaching approaches promote motivation and learning in physics, and how do we tailor subject matter content and learning activities to different groups of learners? What characterises physics as a science discipline, as a school subject and as a knowledge area in interaction with society?

Learning outcome

After this course, students are expected to:

  • be familiar with physics education as an academic field and with central concepts and terminology and be able to discuss the position of physics in school, educational system and society.
  • be able to discuss the nature of physics and its historical development.
  • describe learning theory relevant to learning physics and natural science, develop and evaluate research-based teaching in physics and give reasons for choices of topic content and teaching approaches.
  • give arguments for the use of experimental work in physics teaching, master experiments and equipment that are central to school physics, and give arguments for the use of language, visualisations and digital tools in physics teaching.
  • extract useful information from research texts in physics education and critically assess such texts.
  • reflect on the role of physics in the context of societal challenges related to energy, climate, and health, and discuss physics communication as an obligation to society.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is not available for single course students.

A minimum of 60 ECTS within physics and astronomi.

Overlapping courses


Weekly teaching, 6 hours. The teaching flexibly integrates lectures, lab work, and student-active and small-group discussions. A total of about 75 hours of teaching.

The course includes mandatory lab reports.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Three mandatory lab reports must be approved to be eligible for the final exam.

Oral exam which includes a practical experiment.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS4810 – Physics Education Research and Practice

Examination support material

30 minutes preparation time with all available support material. No support material during the exam.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 14, 2020 3:11:45 PM

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