PhD Courses in Denmark

Introduction to Science teaching CS version

Graduate School of Natural Sciences at Aarhus University

Objectives of the course:

The course objective is to improve your teaching skills and teaching competences as a TA. The course provides guidance, inspiration and tools for improving your teaching practice. Through constructive feedback you will develop your teaching skills and learn to give your peers formative feedback on their teaching. In addition, you will be supported in developing teaching activities for your courses, provide strategies for managing the classroom and grow confidence in your own teaching skills.


Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop and practice classroom management to support student learning
  • Design and implement a lesson plan for teaching sessions based on constructive alignment
  • Develop and implement student-activating activities
  • Evaluate teaching quality and reflect on teaching improvement practices
  • Apply learning goals in the description and planning of a lesson plan
  • Give constructive feedback on teaching-activities based on observation and reflection
  • Target presentations and activities to suit specific target groups and learning preferences
  • Present in front of an audience according to the best practices for delivering academic presentations and body language awareness


Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course

Time of year: Once pr. semester

No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 6x4 = 24 contact hours, 50 hours preparation.

Capacity limits: 15


Compulsory programme:

Module 1: Practical Science Teaching.  An online course and a two day introduction to science teaching covering the basics.

Module 2: Advanced Science Teaching. A four day extension of module 1.


Course contents:

  • Classroom management challenges and how to overcome them
  • Classroom management tips and tricks
  • Student presentations
  • Body language
  • Danish teaching culture (TA, TØ, communication, responsibilities)
  • Entering the classroom and introducing a course
  • Basic concepts (learning and memory)
  • Learning preferences
  • Active learning
  • Motivation
  • Cognitive theory
  • Learning goals
  • Peer review
  • Recording of teaching video
  • Teaching in Practice
  • Worked examples and faded guidance
  • Explaining a difficult subject
  • Presentation skills
  • Student activation
  • Common teaching challenges and how to overcome them



None. More valuable if you are teaching during the course.


Name of lecturers:

Aino Vonge Corry

Jens Kristian Refsgaard Schou


Type of course/teaching methods:

Lectures, discussions, group work and assignments.





Course homepage:


Course assessment:

Active participation in 6 obligatory course days and completing a total of 15 individual and group assignments between course days and in the online course.

Grading: Passed/fail (internal examiner)



26/1-23 at 12:30-16:30 in room 5335-192 (subject to change)

27/1-23 at 12:30-16:30 in room 5335-192 (subject to change)

30/1-23 at 12:30-16:30 in room 5335-327

27/2-23 at 12:30-16:30 in room 5335-327

24/4-23 at 12:30-16:30 in room 5335-327

11/5-23 at 12:30-16:30 in room 5335-327



Aarhus University, Department of Computer Science.



Deadline for registration is 15/1-23. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than 17/1-23.

For registration: e-mail

If you have any questions, please contact Jens Kristian Refsgaard Schou at