German Language 1

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course consists of an entry-level course in German grammar. The course provides an introduction into German morphology (nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs) and basic characteristics of German syntax (grammatical analysis, independent and subordinate clauses, cases, tenses).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:


  • Possess satisfactory knowledge about German grammar
  • have a basic knowledge of German grammatical terms


  • be able to apply basic German academic terms
  • be able to use simple tools for syntactical analysis

General competence

  • have laid a good foundation for expanding one's own practical and theoretical competence in the German language
  • be well equipped to continue one's studies in German on the 100 level


Not relevant

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction


In the period between end of teaching and final exam, there will be a voluntary study trip to Kiel. The trip lasts for three weeks.

There is also an online version of this course (TYS625) with a separate admission process.

Required Previous Knowledge
No official requirements, yet all teaching is conducted in German and presupposes a good knowledge of German.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Students are advised to ensure they have the knowledge and skills in German equivalent to level II from high school.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Due to academic overlaps, the credits awarded in TYS105 are reduced by 10 ECTS if combined with TYS111, TYS111H, TYS111-F, TYSK621 and by 5 ECTS if combined with TYSK622.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures in which the students are required to actively partake, and an exercise group.

- One two-hour lectures and one exercise group weekly for 12 weeks.

- One "Preparation packages" per week for self-study

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must attend at least 75 % of the lectures in Bergen.

Every week, students must do one task based on the content in the "preparation packages." Eight of these tasks must be approved to sit for the exam.

All assignments must be approved in the same semester before admission to the course exam is granted.

Mandatory assignments are valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment
The exam consists of a four-hour written take-home exam.
Grading Scale
The exam is marked on a scale from A to F, where F means that the candidate fails.
Assessment Semester
Spring. Students with valid approvals on their mandatory assignments may also be assessed early in the fall semester.
Reading List

The reading list comprises central features of German grammar and language exercises.

The reading list will be ready by 1 Jul for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation
Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.
Examination Support Material
All aids are available but an independently written text with correct use of citations and references is prerequisite.
Programme Committee
The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Course Administrator
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.