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  1. Software Engineering, MS

    Definition A two-year graduate study programme in software engineering at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences of the University of Iceland. The study programme is 120 ECTS and is a fully accredited MS degree. The study programme is composed of 60 ECTS in a research project and 60 ECTS in courses. The standard requirement is that students have completed a BSc in engineering, but graduates from related disciplines can be admitted on fulfilling supplementary requirements. Knowledge, competence and skills On completion of the study programme the student can demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence as detailed below: 1. Knowledge and understanding: 1.1. The student has an understanding of the latest knowledge within software engineering, which is necessary to begin practice and is required to carry the professional title of an engineer in Iceland. 1.2. The student has deeper knowledge of abstract methods and of software technology that are applied in solutions to specialised problems in software engineering. 1.3. The student has deeper understanding of the capabilities of computers to solve problems and of the limitations of decidability of problems. 1.4. The student has experience of ICT's application in other domains. 2. Type of knowledge: 2.1 The student has important evidence of problems and issues within a specific field of knowledge within computer science, derived from the newest information and research in that fie ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  2. Chinese Studies, Minor

    1          Knowledge: Degree holders possess knowledge of Chinese studies.   This entails that holders:   1.1. have acquired considerable command of standard spoken Chinese (Putonghua, Mandarin, Guoyu) as speakers and theoretical understanding of the language (grammar, linguistics).  1.2. have acquired broad knowledge of the cultural and social history of China as well as other areas significantly influenced by Chinese culture. 1.3. have acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more specialized areas within Chinese studies (notably history, philosophy, religions, linguistics, literature, cinema, politics, business or economics).   2          Skills: Degree holders can apply the methods and procedures of Chinese studies.   This entails that holders:   2.1. can access challenging texts and comprehend their meaning.  2.2. can express themselves about topics related to daily life. 2.3. have the ability to use Chinese successfully in social and professional contexts. 2.4. have the ability to write the most common Chinese characters by hand and even more by using electronic devices. 2.5  can engage in respectful dialogue and team work with others. 2.6 can make use of technology, software and other equipment to process data and acquire relevant information. 2.7 can apply critical thinking and rationalise decisions in a professional manner. 2.8  can prepare, organise and implement challenging projects. 2.9 have acquired an open-minded, independent, innovative and responsible way of thinking.   3          Competen ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  3. Economics, BS

    Knowledge, skills and CompetencesUpon completion of the programme the student shall be able to demonstrate knowledge, ability and skills as follows:1. Knowledge1.1 The student has knowledge of the core concepts of economics and its methodology.1.2 The student has good understanding of economies and the relationships between economic indicators.1.3 The student has good working knowledge of statistics and its applications in economics and econometrics.1.4 The student has good knowledge and understanding of an elected area of specialization within economics and/or finance.1.5 The student has the necessary preparation for postgraduate study at a high-quality university overseas.1.6 The student has the ability to systematically analyse problems and use his/her knowledge of economics to seek understanding and solutions to various issues and problems within organizations.1.7 Students holding B.S. degrees can apply their knowledge of economics and the minor focus area to analysing and understanding socioeconomic issues.2   Skills2.1 The student is able to analyse micro- and macroeconomic issues and problems and find answers to questions using the analytical methods of economics.2.2 The student is able to test the theories and hypotheses of economics using statistical and econometrical methods.2.3 The student is able to use software for economic research.2.4 The student is able to apply economic and statistical methods for the solution of practical problems in business.2.5 The student is able to write research articles ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  4. Gerontology, MA

    Knowledge, Ability and SkillsAt the conclusion of the master's program, a student shall have achieved the following benchmarks, in addition to those acquired at the previous level of study: 1. Knowledge and Understanding1.1 The student has broadened and deepened his/her knowledge of a specialized field of research within gerontology and has a systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge in the field, including the research methods applied in it.1.2 The student has gained a deeper knowledge of the practical uses of gerontology work in the appropriate field.1.3 The student is familiar with the main academic work and theories useful in his/her area of expertise.1.4 The student can utilize his/her knowledge and understanding in professional work in his/her field.1.5 The student has acquired the skills to debate his/her research and its relations with the basis of knowledge and theories in the field.1.6 The student has acquired the skills to present a written survey of research related to his/her field of study. 2. Practical Skills and Ability2.1 The student can write a research proposal and grant application.2.2 The student can compile and develop appropriate methods in gerontology in order to answer research questions in his/her area of concentration.2.3 The student can describe and explain the presumptions and limits of the main methods employed in gerontology.2.4 The student has mastered the use of qualitative and quantitative methods used in gerontology research.2.5 The student can work in a team with ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  5. Health Sciences, MS

    Knowledge ability and skillsOn completion of the masters degree the student should have fulfilled the following requirements in addition to those fulfilled at the previous level: 1. Knowledge and understanding1.1. The student has broadened and deepened his knowledge of a selected subject area within health sciences or bio-medical sciences and has acquired an understanding of the most recent knowledge within that area and the research methods used.1.2. The student has acquired deeper knowledge of the application of science in his area of expertise.1.3. The student has knowledge of the most commonly used information technology which is relevant to his field of study.1.4. The student is able to use his knowledge and understanding in a professional manner within his field of expertise.1.5. The student possesses an understanding of the nature of scientific research and is aware of the rights and obligations of scientists, including matters concerning ethical conduct towards study participants and colleagues, discretion, copyright, ethics and intellectual property as regards results and data.1.6. The student has acquired a level of knowledge and understanding that enables him to argue and discuss his research work and its relevance to the knowledge in the field of study.1.7. The student has acquired a level of knowledge and understanding that enables him to provide a written review of research relevant to his field of study. 2. Practical ability and skillsThe student will have the ability to perform the following tas ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  6. Subject Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma

    On completion of the programme, students: Knowledge Have deepened their knowledge of the content and working methods in their field of specialisation Are familiar with main theories of learning and teaching in their field of specialisation Have a good knowledge of diverse ways in teaching their subject Are able to use theories, concepts, research methods and critical thinking to reason and substantiate solutions in a professional manner, and to tackle important topics in contemporary educational debate. Skills Have adopted work methods which are accepted in the respective field of work and study. Can communicate complex theoretical subjects and research outcomes clearly, using a variety of methods. Can present and support opinions in the organization of teaching and learning in their field of specialisation Can take an active part in professional discourse relating to different concepts, definitions and theories used in the discussion of education in their subject Competences Are able to use theoretical knowledge and research outcomes when organising teaching and learning. Have knowledge and skills to show originality in the development of ideas in work and in their field of study. Are able to take independent decisions in their work and are able to reason and substantiate them on the basis of theories relating to the teaching and learning of their subject. Can utilise their knowledge and understanding in new and unfamiliar situations in their work.   ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  7. Applied Ethics, MA

    Knowledge After graduation the student has acquired knowledge in applied ethics This implies that the student knows and understands the main methods, concepts and theories of philosophical and applied ethics can explain the state of the art in applied ethics is familiar with the significant matters of ethical relevance in the public debate has clear understanding of at least one of the subdisciplies of applied ethics (health care ethics and bioethics, environmental ethics and business ethics).  Skills After graduation the student has acquired skills in applied ethics This implies that the student can place selected topics in the appropriate context and independently assess matters of debate formulate and present a position, alone or in a group, to others apply the methods of applied ethics in a systematic way analyse the moral aspect of difficult cases and assess the suitability of using different methods use working practices in research and write a scientific paper on ethical issues, alone or with others, for publication Competence After graduation the student has acquired competence in applied ethics This implies that the student can employ critical thinking in reasoning for a position towards ethical and professional topics is able to deal with difficult matters of moral controversy in a rational and  reasonable way can observe and approach matters of debate from different perspectives can particpate in deliberation about moral decisons and respect and understand the views of others ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  8. Critical Thinking and Ethics, Postgraduate Diploma

    Knowledge On graduating students shall possess knowledge in the fields of critical thinking and ethics.   This means that students shall: possess knowledge and understanding of the methods and theories of philosophical ethics be familiar with different theories regarding the characteristics of careful, reflective and critical thinking be able to explain the latest knowledge and developments in theories for the field of critical thinking and applied ethics recognise important social and moral challenges in the public discourse Skills On graduating, students shall be able to apply critical thinking as well as methods and theories of ethics.   This means that students shall: be able to place selected topics in the appropriate context and independently assess debates be able to convey their opinions, alone or with others, to other people use critical thinking skills in a systematic way have become proficient in analysing moral issues and assessing which ethical methods are relevant in what context Skills On graduating, students shall be able to apply their knowledge and skills in employment.   This means that students shall: be able to use critical thinking in order to take a reasoned stance on ethical and academic issues be able to deal with work-related moral challenges in a rational manner have developed the habit of contemplating issues from various perspectives be able to participate in debates on ethical issues and show respect and understanding for the views of others. ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  9. Pharmacy, MS

    Pharmacy: 120-credit MS programme (qualification for professional certification) DefinitionTwo-year theoretical and practical postgraduate programme in pharmacy at the University of Iceland Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The programme is 120 credits at higher education cycle 2, and fully accredited to confer the title of Master of Science (MS). The admissions requirement is a BS in Pharmacy, generally with a final grade of 6.5 or higher. The final research project shall be worth 45 credits. An MS confers access to doctoral study, at higher education cycle 3. Knowledge, competence and skillsOn completing the MS programme, a student should have acquired the following knowledge, in addition to that already acquired at undergraduate level: 1. Knowledge and understanding1.1. The student possesses a broader and deeper knowledge of the discipline, systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge in the field and insight into the research methodology used.1.2. The student is familiar with the primary technology and working practices used in pharmaceutical research.1.3. The student is able to apply this knowledge and understanding to professional work in the pharmaceutical field.1.4. The student is able to produce reasoned arguments on research work in one field of research within the discipline, and make connections between this work and the knowledge base within the research field. 2. Practical competence and skills2.1. The student is able to organise, work on and take responsibility for the chemical, pharma ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  10. Sign Language Studies, Minor

    1. Knowledge: On graduating students shall possess knowledge of Icelandic sign language. This means that students shall:1.1. possess knowledge of the methods, theories and concepts of sign language linguistics.1.2. have a basic command of Icelandic sign language as a language user, in accordance with the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.1.3. be able to use and analyse the grammar of Icelandic sign language.1.4. possess knowledge of the culture and history of deaf people and the cultural gap between deaf and hearing people. 2. Competence: On graduating, students shall be able to apply methods and working procedures within sign language linguistics. This means that students shall:2.1. be able to work independently and in groups.2.2. be able to express themselves well in Icelandic sign language in simple conversations.2.3. be able to distinguish between different registers in Icelandic sign language.2.4. have developed a good command of academic style in both written and spoken language.2.5. be able to work systematically on specific challenges within sign language linguistics.2.6. be able to set goals, and to devise and follow a work schedule for producing an academic text. 3. Skills: On graduating, students shall be able to apply their knowledge and skills in employment and further studies. This means that students shall be able to:3.1. process sources using recognised methods in their own analysis.3.2. use academic texts in their work. 3.3. employ the basic concepts of si ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland