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|Field of study||Education, Pedagogy and Sport|
|Faculty||Faculty of Chemistry|
|Obtainable degree||Professional Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and Information Technology|
|Access to further studies||Access to Master Study Programmes or Second-level Professional Higher Education Study Programmes designed for studies after the awarding of Bakalaura grāds (Bachelor`s degree)|
|Programme director||Jāzeps Logins|
|Credits||160 KP or 240 ECTS|
|Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019||Tuition fee per year - 1900 EUR|
|Number of students accepted each year||
Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 40
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 20
Minimum number of students - 25
|Start of studies||Autumn 2019|
|Language of instruction||Latvian|
Professional Bachelor study programme „Teacher of the Natural Sciences and Information Technology” (further referred to as Programme) is an interdisciplinary study programme in the University of Latvia. According to the parity principle five UL faculties are involved in its setting up and implementation: Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Computing, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, and Faculty of Chemistry.
The need for the programme was dictated by the present situation in Latvian educational institutions:
Programme is planned for 8 semesters in full time studies and 9 semesters in part-time studies, the scope is 160 credit points. The degree to be obtained: Professional Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and Information Technology and qualification to be obtained: Teacher of two subjects (biology, natural sciences, physics, geography, Information technology, chemistry) and teacher of one subjects – Secondary education teacher of mathematics.
|Aim and tasks of the study programme||
The overall aim of the program is to provide professional Bachelor studies for education of teacher matching state economic and social needs, promoting competitiveness of teacher of natural sciences and information technology and mathematics in changing social economic environment. Results of studies such as those of the European Qualifications Framework (6th level).
After graduation from the programme students will obtain a degree of professional Bachelor in natural sciences and information technology with a qualification of teacher in two subjects, which will allow working in such speciality in primary and secondary education institutions.
The objectives of the study programme according to theLaw on Vocational Education are:
|Learning outcomes of the study programme||
Bachelor's program content provides the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for professional activity, as ECF 6th level.
Knowledge (knowledge and comprehension)
Skills (ability to apply knowledge, communication, general skills)
Competence (analysis, synthesis and assessment)
General rules (here)
Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards:
CE in Latvian and Literature
CE in Physics or CE in Chemistry, or CE in Biology, or CE in Maths
Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:
final average grade in Latvian and Literature
final grade in Physics, or in Chemistry, or in Biology, or in Maths (or the average grade of Algebra and Geometry)
final average grade in certain subjects
Special conditions: the secondary education document final grades have to be passable (no lower than 4) in Maths and 1) Physics, Biology, Chemistry or 2) Science.
Additional points: LU Extramural school of Mathematics (Small University of Mathematics and Extramural classes for secondary school students) participants, LU Young Physics school and Young Chemist school participants in year 2019 who have acquired a certificate in addition receive 20 points; LU Young Biologist school competition, LU Young Chemist competition, LU Young Environmental Scientist school „Vides akadēmija” (Academy of Environment) graduates with excellence, LU E. Birznieka Young Geographer school graduates with excellence in year 2019 in addition receive 50 points.
Preferential claims: Latvian state or international Biology, Physics, Informatics (Programming), Chemistry, Math or Geography Olympiad degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2018 and 2019; Latvian state student scientific conference Astronomy, Biology, Physics, Informatics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Pedagogy, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences or Earth Sciences and Economical Geography section degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2018 and 2019.
Note: the study programme has the following sub-programmes: Teacher of Biology and Science; Teacher of Biology and Geography; Teacher of Biology and Informatics; Teacher of Biology and Chemistry; Teacher of Biology and Physics; Teacher of Science and Physics; Teacher of Science and Geography; Teacher of Science and Informatics; Teacher of Science and Chemistry; Teacher of Physics and Geography; Teacher of Physics and Informatics; Teacher of Physics and Chemistry; Teacher of Geography and Informatics; Teacher of Geography and Chemistry; Teacher of Informatics and Chemistry; Teacher of secondary education Mathematics. The sub-programme has to be specified when applying for studies.
For persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards: CE in Latvian and Literature up to year 2011 or CE in Latvian from year 2012 (writing and text creation (2,5 x 100 = 250)) + CE in Physics or CE in Chemistry, or CE in Biology up to year 2010 (knowledge and basic skills (3,75 x 100 = 375) + case analysis (3,75 x 100 = 375)), or CE in Physics, or CE in Chemistry, or CE in Biology from year 2011 (knowledge and basic skills (3 x 100 = 300) + knowledge usage in standard cases (1,5 x 100 = 150) + knowledge usage in non-standard cases (1,5 x 100 = 150) + research activities by conducting an experiment (1,5 x 100 = 150)), or CE in Maths up to year 2008 (knowledge and basic skills (3,75 x 100 = 375) + case analysis (3,75 x 100 = 375)) or CE in Maths from year 2009 (knowledge and basic skills (3,5 x 100 = 350) + standard case analysis/knowledge usage in standard cases (2 x 100 = 200) + problem case solving/knowledge usage in non-standard cases (2 x 100 = 200))
For persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs: secondary education document final average grade in Latvian and Literature (20 x 10 = 200) + secondary education document final grade in Physics, or in Chemistry, or in Biology, or in Maths (or the average grade of Algebra and Geometry) (60 x 10 = 600) + secondary education document final average grade in certain subjects (20 x 10 = 200)
|Programme practical realization||
Study programme “Teacher of natural sciences and IT” is interdisciplinary study programme, in implementation of which faculties of Biology, IT, Physics and Mathematics, Geography and Earth Sciences, and Chemistry are participating.
The following principles form part of the programme:
Programme contains balanced mix of various teaching methods. The variety of study methods is continuously upd ated, as is the significance of student discussions. Bachelor study programme comprises lectures and independent work of students, as well as independent research in one of the branches of natural sciences and IT. During the training process of Bachelor programme students’ laboratory works, practical works and field courses are organised. Seminars are widely used during training of Bachelor programme students.
Various teaching methods are used for training: lectures, laboratory works, seminars, topical group work. Lectures and seminars cover the largest part of study time, while laboratory work is done individually.
Lectures are the basic training method. Lectures give an overview of basic problems of the study course (concepts, theories, classifications). Training in the study courses widely uses traditional (lectures: introductory lectures, overview, problem lectures, visual ones), interactive (pair and group work, project management, discussions, role games), and laboratory and practical work methods. These methods conform to the training didactics and develop critical analytical thinking. Computer presentations are widely used during lectures. Development of several lecture courses in electronic format is ongoing. Presentations are freely accessible for students in the e-studies environment.
Students reinforce their theoretical knowledge in the laboratory works and gain practical working skills. For laboratory works each student receives descriptions and practical work materials. Laboratory works are performed by students individually. Practical field work usually is done in small student groups. Participation in practical and laboratory work, unlike the lecture attendance, is compulsory and is considered in allocating final mark.
Independent work of students is included in the courses, the results of which are presented during seminars – presentations with the following discussion and public differentiated evaluation. During seminars students learn to present their knowledge to others and to participate in discussions.
Pedagogical practical work is a compulsory part of the programme. The workload of it is 26 credit points. The objective of practical work is to strengthen and improve didactic, pedagogic and psychology theoretical knowledge in the chosen qualification subject during the practical work at the ground and secondary education level, obtaining of pedagogical skills and abilities, overtaking of practising natural sciences and IT teacher’s experience and acquiring pedagogic work skills.
The student is entitled to offer also alternative place of practical work. The organiser of practical work evaluates conformity of such work place with programme requirements. In such case three-sided contract is signed between the UL, place of practical work and student, regulating all obligations and liabilities of parties.
Pedagogical practical work is supervised by the organiser of the Study programme practical and lead by Study programme work supervisor. Practical work in educational institutions is supervised by its representative, leader of practical work – teacher. Student can have different practical work leaders in each subject where student plans to attain qualification.
Work done during the pedagogic practical work is presented at the presentation in the closing stage of the pedagogic practical work. It is assessed by the leader of practical work considering completion of tasks set for the pedagogical practical work, quality of materials, report given at the closing presentation, as well as assessment given by the practical work leader – teacher.
The Bachelor’s paper is the final stage of studies and the aim of it is to certify readiness of the student for professional activities of teacher. Student works independently, draws and presents his Bachelor’s paper on the particular problem covering both subjects of his qualification. In preparing for this student organises and expands his theoretical knowledge, carries out practical research of pedagogical problems, summarises and analyses results, as well as draws a Bachelor’s paper in accordance with unified regulations set and approved in the UL.
Students present a Bachelor’s paper at the meeting of the study council final testing commission for the Bachelor’s programme “Teacher of natural sciences and IT”. Its composition and activities are regulated by “Regulations on final testing at the University of Latvia”. Chairman and at least half of the commission are representatives of the professional organisations and employers. Not less than two thirds of the commission are representative specialists of the particular branch, where a qualification is attained by the student. Every field where a qualification is attained is represented by at least two commission members.
Study achievements are evaluated in the generally accepted 10 points system. Exams and tests are marked individually. Laboratory and practical works, field studies projects are done in teams of 2 – 4 people, reports and records are presented in groups or individually. Course and Bachelor’s papers are drawn, presented and evaluated individually according to evaluation criteria set in the course description.
Depending on the topic in question control tests, tests, colloquiums, exams, computerised tests, essays and seminars are used depending on the subject. Assessment criteria are known to students and have been explained in the course descriptions available in the UL IT system.
During computer skills training session’s students must perform several practical exercises, but at the end they must write a test about theoretical aspects.
Test (control test) is used to assess theoretical knowledge. Tests are usually organised so as to check knowledge of theoretical facts (alternative and choice questions) and ability to logically connect various things (process analysis, combinations of well-known facts). Tests usually include questions also from laboratory works. In most recent courses testing of fact knowledge prevails, while in older ones – testing of logical knowledge. Certain number of points is allocated in tests for each correct answer. If the test questions are precisely formulated, the student’s assessment is impartial.
Laboratory works are also marked. Works are accepted only after their completion. Therefore not always a 10 points system can be used. Three point and alternative assessment is also practised. The overall assessment of laboratory works affects the final mark. Records and written reports on laboratory works are also regularly assessed. Marks received during the study course form part of the final assessment. Therefore final mark in nearly all courses is composed not only of the result of exam, but also by assessment of student’s knowledge and progress during the whole semester. Assessment criteria are given to students in their course descriptions and in the introductory lecture for the course.
As it has been pointed out before, in most of the courses assessment is continuous. Final exam is just a part from the final mark. Students are informed about assessment criteria at the beginning of their studies.
Assessment of students is carried out based on learning outcomes pointed out in descriptions of study courses, and they in turn have been harmonized with the Professional Standard of teachers defined by the state.
Objectiveness of the assessment results is further ensured by the approach that the general mark is defined by the examination mark to 10-50%, the rest being formed by interim results collected in the process of studies. The contents of the course, their descriptions and the outcomes to be achieved are regularly updated, taking into account also requirements of labour market; as the result all the graduates of the programme are fully employable in their profession.
Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee given above.