Course code SKOG200

SKOG200 Forest Biology, Ecology and Production

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Course responsible: Bo Johan Asplund, Line Nybakken
Teachers: Line Nybakken, Tron Haakon Eid, Andreas Brunner, Bo Johan Asplund
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course is taught and has examination during spring.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014V
Course contents:

The course gives the student basic knowledge about the biology of trees and the ecology of forests. The student will also learn to use tools to describe the growth of individual trees as well as forest stands. The course is dividied into the following themes

1. Ecophysiology of forests: growth dynamics, climateic adaptions, dormancy, frost hardiness, leaf area, life cycles, carbon allocation and -storage, reproduction, hormones and chemical defence

2. Biogeochemistry: the most important nutrient cycles in plants and in and between ecosystems. Effects on these by human disturbance, included forestry

3. Dynamics of natural forests: the roles of the different tree species in the succession, natural  and anthropogenic disturbances 

4. Forest production: development of single trees and forest stands, estimation of production potential, effects of choice of tree species, growing conditions and silviculture on development of single trees and forest stands

5. Forest models: excercise in describing the growth of single trees with the help of statistical models, based on data sampling from a real forest

Learning outcome:

After ended course the candidates should have achieved the following goals:


A good basic knowlegde of: basic forest production ecology and -physiology, the forest as an ecosystem, the dymanics of natural forests and forest production.


The student should be able to describe the growth of single trees by the use of statistical models

General competence

The student should have a basis for understanding and judgement of slivicultural actions. The course should also provide a platform for assessing the effects of climate change amendments and of forest conservation, as well as a basis for the understanding of wood technology. 

Learning activities:
Lectures and exercises.
Teaching support:
Advance information is publicly available on Canvas. The lecturers are available for questions during office hours.
To be announced in the first lecture and in Canvas
SKOG100 or SKOG102
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Exercise in forest production.
The exam consists of two parts: 1) Written final exam which lasts for 3 hours counts 70%. 2) A portfolio assessment consisting of three written partial exams counts for a total of 30%. Both parts of the exam must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
2 credits against an earlier version of SKOG220 15 credit which was taught last time autumn 2015.
Type of course:
Approx. 60 hours
An external examiner will approve and take part in the grading of the written examination and discuss with the person responsible for the course whether or not the learning objectives have been reached.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: A - E / F