Course code SKOG250

SKOG250 Forest Management - Interdisciplinary Analysis

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Course responsible: Tron Haakon Eid
Teachers: Line Nybakken, Ole Martin Bollandsås, Jan Bjerketvedt, Anders Qvale Nyrud, Olav Albert Høibø, Roar Økseter
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in June block. This course has teaching/evaluation in June block
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
B-SF and M-SF.
Course contents:

Practical applied forestry exercises and demonstrations in field. The course links the various forestry topics through interdisciplinary practical examples.

For a selected forest property in the district, and based on field measurements and supplementary information, the students will develop treatment suggestions at stand level for young growth tending, thinning and final cutting. The students will also develop harvest-, transport- and landscape plans at the property level.

Exercises dealing with stand volume estimation and expropriation, and wood utilization and forest road planning will also be implemented.

The results are reported both written to the forest owner and oral in field.  

The course ends with a one-day field excursion with the students as responsible.

Learning outcome:


The students should have comprehensive knowledge related to relevant challenges, methods and tools when planning the management of a forest property.


  • The students should master different procedures for field measurements and data collection from digital sources, as well as be able to evaluate the relevance of the data.
  • The students should be able to apply relevant calculation techniques and decision-support tools.
  • The students should be able to communicate subject matters, both in oral and written form.

General competence:

The students should have a conscious attitude towards practical and balanced interdisciplinary problem-solving in the management of forests.

Learning activities:
The students work in groups settled by the course responsible. Practical and problem-based exercises based on data collection in field and from digital sources. Introductory lectures are given for some exercises. The results from exercises are presented in reports and oral in field. The exercises partly take place on a forest property in the Ås district, at the NMBU forest property and in the Brandbu district.
Teaching support:
Canvas. The teachers are available during office hours and some evenings while the course is held at Ås (three weeks). The teachers are available 24 hours while the course is held in Brandbu (one week). There will usually be teachers with different competencies available at the same time.
The syllabus is announced when the course starts up.
SKOG205, SKOG210, SKOG220, SKOG230, and SKOG240, or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
LAD102, FEP201, TRE210, NATF200, BOT270.
Mandatory activity:
All activities in the course are compulsary.
All exercises are compulsory and must be approved by the course responsible. All students have to participate in all work related to reports and presentations.
Nominal workload:
250 hours. Exercises are labour intensive. Workload is considerably higher than normal workload for a 4 week course.
Entrance requirements:

Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse). 

To be admitted to this course, one must have passed at least 15 credits among the courses SKOG205, SKOG210, SKOG220, SKOG230 and SKOG240.

Type of course:
Summer course of four weeks.
Absence from exercises entails not passed. Shorter absence might be approved through a written application submitted before the course starts.   
Students' presentations are evaluated by several teachers, employees of public and private forest service, and the forest owner. The examiner approves the course arrangement.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed