Introduction to teaching Biology. Photo: Jens Olof Lasthein

This course offers an introductory, practice-oriented education for: Assistant teachers in biology


The main aim of the course is to provide participants with an introduction to teaching in higher education as well as guidelines and policies for university teaching. The participant gets an opportunity to develop basic skills and confidence in higher education teaching within biology. After the course, participants will be able to:

  • discuss core concepts of teaching and learning in higher education
  • adhere to the relevant rules and regulations for teaching in Swedish higher education, in particular at Stockholm University
  • plan a teaching session to be carried out on a relevant course
  • reflect on their own conceptions of teaching and learning


The course consists of the following elements:

  • Discipline based education; teaching and learning in biology
  • Planning your teaching
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Roles, ethical issues and security aspects

Disposition of the course

The course corresponds to 3 ECTS credits. The course includes five mandatory course days. The course meetings are at 10 – 15 o’clock, including a one-hour lunch break. Please observe that the last course day is between 9 -16. All participants who have completed all mandatory exercises and tasks as well as participated in all course days will gain a pass on the course. Absence from one of the five course days can be replaced by a written assignment. Any further absence requires re-registration for the entire course. In between course days, as well as before the first course day, the participant will perform home assignments and tasks. During the course, there will be group discussions and group work. The course also includes a concluding oral presentation of the planning assignment.

Further information about the course will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course. Registration for the course can take place no later than 1 week before the first course day.

Schedule Autumn 2022

Time Venue
17 Oct at 10—15 * Campus Frescati, BIG
19 Oct at 10—15 * Campus Frescati, BIG
24 Oct at 10—15 * Campus Frescati, BIG
26 Oct at 10—15 * Campus Frescati, BIG
1 Nov at 9—16 * Campus Frescati, BIG
Venue/find your way to * Seminars will be held at the Department of Biology Education. Room to be announced
Course leader Veronica Flodin, Dept of Mathematics and Science Education Jessica Slove Davidson, Department of Biology Education
Course literature Morss, Kate, & Murray, Rowena, (2005) Teaching at University: A Guide for Postgraduates & Researchers, Sage (2005). Available as electronic book via Stockholm University Library.
Language  The course is given in English.


Course certificate

Participants who achieve a Pass will be provided with a certificate that they can register at their department and append to future applications for appointments.



Terms and conditions: Participation is free of charge for all employees at Stockholm University. Your application is processed within a few working days and you will receive a message through the signup system with instructions on how to complete your registration. After that your registration is binding. In case of cancellation later than two weeks ahead of the course your department will be debited a cancellation fee of 2 000 SEK. By signing up you confirm that your registration is approved by the Head of (your) Department or equivalent.

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