Course code SKOG303

SKOG303 Silviculture and Forest Growth and Yield

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Course responsible: Andreas Brunner
Teachers: Arne Steffenrem, Line Nybakken, Inger Wilhelmine Sundheim Fløistad, Gustaf Mikael Olsson
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 Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Silviculture is often based on production ecology of trees. Knowledge on competition and growth is an important prerequisite of most silvicultural treatments. Genetics and natural forest dynamics are two other important basics for silviculture that are chosen as topics. To increase the knowledge of possible silvicultural options we will base the learning on a number of examples within the topics of regeneration, pre-commercial thinning, thinning and final cut.
Learning outcome:


Students will learn about silvicultural methods and their effects. Students will learn some basics in forest genetics, natural forest dynamics, and growth and yield, which determine the effects of silvicultural on stand development.


Students will be able to choose between silvicultural options depending on management objectives, conditions for growth, and stand development. Students will be able to evaluate effects of the chosen silviculture on growth and yield. Students will be able to read and communicate the content of technical literature within the field in Norwegian and English. 

General competence:

Students will be able to find, understand, and communicate the content of relevant research literature within the field.

Learning activities:
The core of the course is a literature study supported by seminars. The content of the curriculum will be presented by students or teachers as a basis for the discussion during the seminar. Excursions will focus on research. The semester assignment will train the process of finding relevant research results about a chosen topic and to present research results. Students summarize the most important contant of the course literature and the seminars in a note book.
Teaching support:
Seminars and discussion of presentations. The course has web pages in Canvas, where also the assignments are announced. The lecturers are available for questions during office hours.
25 research papers, mostly from Norway, Sweden and Finland; all in English.
Recommended prerequisites:
BIO120 Introduction to Genetics.
Mandatory activity:

- Note book (summaries of course literature, seminar discussions, short essays, and term paper) counts 50%. - Oral exam counts 20%.

- Written summaries (5 best out of 6) counts 10%.

- Oral presentations during seminars (2) counts 10%.

- Midterm exam counts 10%.

All of the above elements must be passed to pass the course. For elements composed of more than one mark, the average mark must be passed.

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
10 studiepoeng mot SKS303
Type of course:
Seminars, 5 days excursion.
The external examiner approves and takes part in the grading of the exam and the note book.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F