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  1. Foreign Language Education, M.Ed.

    On completion of the programme, the following criteria shall be met. Knowledge. On completion of the programme Foreign Language Education, M.Ed., the student is expected to know and understand: The status of the Icelandic school system in regards to international agreements connected to education and human development, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Salamanca Declaration. Legislation and regulations relating to schooling and the rights and obligations of employees and students in the school system. The role of the national curriculum and how it shapes teaching of individual subjects and work in schools as a whole. The philosophical, historical, social and psychological premises behind different policies of curriculum and assessment. Diverse learning and teaching methods and their theoretical grounds. The theoretical underpinnings of teaching foreign languages. The role and characteristics of information and communication technology in the school. Methods of educational research and processes and the use of research findings. Fundamental issues in professionalism in the teaching profession and ethical rules and boundaries. Technological solutions connected with teaching languages, especially dealing with text, listening materials, multimedia and communication technology. The history and development of the foreign language and culture and their connection with other subjects. Ways to encourage reading comprehension and interest in other languages in school children of all levels. The ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  2. Chemistry, MS

    DefinitionA two-year theoretical and practical programme of studies at level 4 in chemistry at the Faculty of Physical Sciences, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences of the University of Iceland. The programme provides 120 ECTS units of credit and qualifies for the degree of magister scientiarum, MS. The entrance requirements are a BS-degree in chemistry or a comparable qualification, usually completed with the marks 6.5 og higher. The extend of the research project shall be 30, 60 or 90 ECTS units. The MS-degree provides access to third cycle doctorate studies. Type of knowledgeThe student possesses significant understanding of problems and subjects, based on the most recent information and research in the field of chemistry.The student has acquired knowledge by attending courses and carrying out research in a specific area of chemistry. Knowledge ability and skillsOn completion of the masters degree the student should have fulfilled the following criteria in addition to those fulfilled at the former level: 1. Knowledge and understanding1.1. The student has broadened and deepened his knowledge of a selected subject area within chemistry and has acquired systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge within the area and the research methods used. 1.2. The student has acquired deeper knowledge of the application of chemistry in his area of expertise. 1.3. The student is able to use his knowledge and understanding in a professional manner within his field of expertise. 1.4. The student has acquired ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  3. Educational Leadership and Evaluation Studies, Postgraduate Diploma

    On completion of the qualification, students should: Knowledge Have acquired systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge available within the relevant field of study or profession. Possess significant understanding of problems and subjects, based on the most recent information in the relevant field of study. Be able to provide arguments for their own solutions. Skills Have adopted work methods which are accepted in the field. Have the ability and skills to evaluate, analyse and gather scientific data. Competences Be able to apply their knowledge and understanding in new situations or in an inter-disciplinary context. Be able to communicate scientific information, challenges and findings to scholars as well as to general audience. Be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to make decisions in an autonomous, professional manner. Have developed the necessary learning skills and independent work methods to be able to continue to further study. ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  4. Industrial Biotechnology, MS

    Upon completion of the Master's degree, students should meet the following standards in addition to those acquired during undergraduate studies: Knowledge The student has a broad knowledge and understanding of the field of industrial biotechnology.  The student has detailed knowledge on key subjects of industrial biotechnology, including cell biology, genetic engineering, microbiology, protein biology and purification, chemical analysis, biologics, and production processes. The student has acquired knowledge through research and is able to evaluate innovations with regards to his/her field of specialization. The student has developed understanding of how biotechnology is applied in the industry.  Skills The student has developed professional skills for research in the field of industrial biotechnology. The student can acquire, analyse and evaluate scientific data and other information in biotechnology and for industrial innovation. The student can apply an interdisciplinary approach for addressing and solving problems of relevance to industrial biotechnology. The student can evaluate and argue research results related to industrial biotechnology and communicate them professionally. The student can apply critical and interdisciplinary thinking in both an academic and applied context. Competence The student can apply his/her knowledge and skills to make and support independent and professional decisions. The student is able to participate in interdisciplinary teams working on industrial biotechnology. The student ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  5. Nutrition, MS

    On completion of the master degree the student should have fulfilled the following criteria in addition to those fulfilled at the former level: 1. Knowledge and understanding 1.1. The student has knowledge of the most common hypothesis, ideology, concepts and methodology of human nutrition. 1.2. The student knows The macro- and micronutrients and other constituents of food, the main dietary sources of nutrients, their metabolism in the body and effects on human health throughout the life span. Common food- and nutritionally related problems in different parts of the world and how to respond to them. The complex interaction between dietary intake, nature and the environment, as well as the effects of marketing. The diversity within the field of human nutrition (for example content of food, the bioavailability and interactions of nutrients, energy-balance, growth and development). The application of different scientific methods in human nutrition, including their constraints, limitations and strengths (trials, epidemiology, human interventions). The international perspective of human nutrition, the fast changing situations in the field and the related health consequences. 1.3. The student has increased and deepened his understanding and acquired a wider view of his field of knowledge than that acquired at the previous level of study 1.4. The student is able to use his knowledge and understanding in professional work in the field of human nutrition and has the skills to justify nutritionally related solutions. 1.5 ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  6. Disability Studies, MA

    At the conclusion of master´s studies in disability studies, the student shall have obtained the following referents: Knowledge Know the history, development and theoretical issues addressed in disability studies, Know the main theories and perspectives within disability studies and be able to distinguish between these. Be able to analyse, from the critical perspective of disability studies, the cultural images and representations of disability and the main challenges disabled people encounter during the life course. Possess knowledge about research methods in disability studies and be able to demonstrate proficiency in research within a specific field within disability studies. Be able to provide arguments for her/his findings and apply knowledge of disability studies in a scholarly and societal context. Have solid knowledge of research ethics and the main ethical and methodological challenges encountered in disability studies. Skills Be able to apply professional and ethical practices that reflect respect for disabled people, their family members, professionals and scholars. Be able to apply her/his knowledge and skills to address complex issues within disability studies in a professional context. Be able to make use of research findings and other scholarly data within disability studies, evaluate and analyse their relevance. Be able to address complex issues and argue her/his point of view based on available information Be able to apply relevant research methods and relate these to academic knowledge and the ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  7. Medieval Studies, MA

    1.    Knowledge and understanding: 1.1.    The student has exact knowledge and a clear understanding of the cultural history of the Middle Ages, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, and it‘s influence on European history and culture. 1.2.    The student has good knowledge of selected periods and/or field within medieval studies, such as politics and society in the Middle Ages, cultural history and cultural diversity. 1.3.    The student has a broad perception of diverse views, methods and ideas that drive research in the period or field that his research covers. 1.4.    A master's student has obtained an understanding in an organized manner of the latest knowledge of his chosen field within medieval studies. 2.    Type of knowledge: 2.1.    The master's student is familiar with important matters and problems that are debated in his chosen field in medieval studies in the international arena. 2.2.    The student has gained his knowledge in his chosen field within medieval studies both with participation in specialised courses, symposia or seminars and his own research. 3.    Practical competence 3.1.    The master's student can gather, analyse and evaluate scientific data. 3.2.    The student can write academic article for publication in journals. 3.3.    The student has developed the ability to work independently and is prepared to write books on medieval issues, on his own or with others. 3.4.    The master's student understands and can deal with complex matters in an academic context.   4.    Theo ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  8. Strategic Management, MS

    After completing the programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence as outlined below: The students’ knowledge comprises the following: The student possesses an understanding and knowledge in the field of strategic management. The student is familiar with, and able to apply, key methodology in research relating to strategic management, as well as appropriate methods of analysing, processing and presenting data. The student is familiar with individual management tasks and the internal structure of companies and organisations, as well as mastering the most frequently used techniques for evaluating those subjects. The student is familiar with corporate environments and their impact on strategic management. The student is able to critically discuss, in an academic and practical context, different theories relating to strategic management. The student is able to present coherent and independent argumentation. The student is familiar with the key concepts and methods of negotiation. The student understands the differences between various theoretical and methodological approaches to problem solution within the academic field.  The student is familiar with ethical controversies, both in an academic context and that of practical management. The students’  skills comprise the following: The student is able to conduct a theoretical analysis of an issue in the field of strategic management and select an appropriate method for its solution. The student is able to gather specialised data ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  9. English Teaching, MA

    1.    Knowledge and understanding:1.1.    The student has knowledge and comprehension about selected methods and theories used in research on learning and teaching of foreign languages.1.2.    The student has good knowledge of the grammatical structure and development of the English language, of specific periods and/or fields of the English language, literature and culture.1.3.    The student has insight and comprehension about the state of knowledge in language learning and teaching, including the relationship between theory and practice in teaching.1.4.    The student is familiar with the conditions for learning speech, with the nature of learning a second or foreign language and with the nature of being bilingual and its effect on speech development, on literacy and on learning.1.5.    The student is familiar with the social, psychological and learning variables that affect language learning and competence.1.6.    The student is familiar with the official education policy and national curriculum in Iceland and knows the theories on language learning and teaching on which the policy for this subject is based. He also appreciates its unique characteristics in comparison with the national curricula of other countries.1.7.    The student is familiar with teaching material for language teaching,  teaching instructions and other aids, their functions, attributes and the research that has been done on their use.1.8.    The student knows the theories relating to diverse methods of evaluating learning outcomes in lan ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland
  10. Occupational Rehabilitation, Postgraduate Diploma

    On completion of the diploma the student: Can apply empowering methods in relations with users and apply understanding of occupational review in order to defend a client professionally. Can justify relevant analyses and assessment methods in order to establish a basis for an individualised plan for occupational review that meets the needs of both the users and society. Is able to decide on and justify a plan for an occupational review and carry it out. Has acquired the professional competence and independence to be able to organise and/or utilise various aids and ways to support the work and occupational participation of the users. Can put forward ideas and proposals for projects, direct their execution, and shoulder the responsibility for the work of individuals and groups. Is able to define and share theoretical information about the field. Has the endurance and ability to apply knowledge and methodology to various conditions and choose the correct reactions under difficult circumstances in a constructive manner. ...

    Category: Qualifications Location: Iceland