Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis - Subject Chemistry

Curriculum (2001W)

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants.
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Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

9 Semester/270 ECTS-AP
(Kombination von zwei Unterrichtsfächern)

Akademischer Grad
Magistra/Magister der Naturwissenschaften (Mag.rer.nat.)


Informationen zum Studienplan (2001W) *

Matura oder Äquivalent

* Information on the Curriculum (2001W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies 
available at: https://lfuonline.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
Section: Current curriculum version

Studies Induction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP)

The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) requirements cease to be effective as of academic year 2014/2015 and no longer apply for students of this study programme.

Students who enrolled for this programme before 1 October 2014 (academic year 2014/2015) can repeat not successful completed courses which were designated in the curriculum as “STEOP courses” four times (= five examination attempts). As per Universities Act § 77 (2), previous attempts are to be counted among the number of total examination attempts permitted.

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subject(s).

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:
One course examination in the second chosen teaching subject and one course examination on the orientation unit, SL 2, 2 ECTS-Credits, of the educational training.

1. Experimental Lecture General Chemistry (PM 2a, VO 5, 6 ECTS-Credits)
2. Course from the Studies Induction and Orientation Phase of the second chosen teaching subject
3. Orientation unit (SL 2, 2 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage(STEOP) and to write a diploma thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

Didactics and Training in the Selected Subjects:

  • Chemical Calculations
  • Physics for Students of Pharmacy and Biology
  • Experimental Lecture General Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Aqueous Solution
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Experimental Lecture Main Group Chemistry
  • General Chemistry Laboratory Course
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry in Aqueous Solution Laboratory Course
  • Analytical Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Technical and Applied Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy 
  • Preparation Techniques in Organic Chemistry
  • Laboratory Course in Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry II   
  • 1st Diploma examination in front of an examination board

  • Physical Chemistry I
  • Exercises in Physical Chemistry I
  • Quantitative Analytical Chemistry - Basic Practical Course
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry I
  • Methods of Teaching Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Laboratory Course in Physical Chemistry
  • Theory of Experiments in Chemical Education 
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Practical Course on Instrumental Analysis
  • Seminar for Chemical Education I
  • Seminar for Chemical Education II
  • Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Advanced Practical Course in Instrumental Analysis 
  • Laboratory Tutorial for Experiments in Chemical Education
  • Food Analysis
  • Laboratory Course in Biochemistry
  • Diploma Thesis
  • 2nd examination infront of an examination board

Important planning information: most lectures/practical training courses are offered only once per academic year (either in the WS or the SS). Free electives need to be planned individually.

Pedagogical Training and School Teaching Practice

First Academic Year: Orientation Unit, Introductory Practicum, Reflection Unit

Second Academic Year:Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching and Basic Skills 1

Third Academic Year: Basic Skills 2, Basic Practicum,Subject Related Practicum 1 and 2

Can be taken any semester: Elective Module.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Secondary School Teacher Accreditation Programme aims at a preparatory vocational and scientific education for the certification of secondary school teachers with subject-specific, didactic, and pedagogical qualifications as well as school teaching practice. A scientifically sound basic education provides graduates with the necessary competences in order to work in their future occupational fields in a flexible and professional manner.

The Teacher Accreditation Programme for the subject of Chemistry aims at acquiring the following subject-specific and didactic competences:

  • Knowledge of inorganic chemistry, analytic chemistry, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, organic chemistry and bio-chemistry.
  • Understanding and presenting the contents of the curriculum of Chemistry at secondary schools.
  • Ability to deduct the general principles of chemistry from observing experiments and to use these principles for explaining observations made in everyday life.
  • Responsible use of chemical substances and a command of chemical working techniques.
  • Critical assessment of the significance of chemical products for living standard, but also of the risks these products pose for people and the environment.
  • Ability to learn about new developments in the field of chemistry through independent study of literature.
  • Documentation of the results of experiments in a scientific way. The subject-didactic training aims at providing the graduates with the ability to introduce pupils to the methods of acquiring knowledge in the field of chemistry by selecting suitable experiments and observations, to present the link of chemistry to medicine, pharmacy, biology and ecology, and to introduce pupils to a natural, scientific way of thinking.

The pedagogical education and school teaching practice

  • imparts graduates with a well-founded knowledge of secondary school teaching and learning in order to efficiently manage their teaching practice and help to assist and support the learning and educational processes of their pupils; 
  • enables graduates to evaluate and further develop their teaching practice based on proven methodology;
  • allows graduates to understand school as an institution and organization in order to actively shape and develop school.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are academically educated experts in fostering personal development processes, arranging learning situations, accompanying learning processes, and assessing learning outcomes.

They acquire a sound knowledge in the fields of chemistry in order to demonstrate their competences in lower and higher secondary schools. Graduates are also able to educate themselves scientifically in an autonomous way and to undertake postgraduate studies.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of a Secondary School Teacher Accreditation Programme are in particular teaching at lower and upper secondary schools. The qualifications acquired in the Teacher Accreditation Programme provide access to other vocational fields in the study programme, the educational sector, social and youth work, and communication.

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 35.4= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 29.0
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 21.3
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 14.3
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2020

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

General Information about theTeacher Training Programme

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Authorised representative for subject training and didactics
assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Ammann

Information for students with disabilities

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Subject of First Diploma Examination:

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