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)
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
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. 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 on trees and the forest ecosystem. 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 stand development. Students will be able to understand and apply relevant research literature in the field, also in the future.


Students should be able to see the advantage of knowledge-based forest management as opposed to traditions and hierarchical orders.

General competence:

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

Learning activities:
The core of the course is a literature study of research papers supported by seminars. The content of the research papers will be presented by students or teachers as a basis for the discussion during the seminar. Excursions will focus on research and the practice of silviculture. 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 content of the course literature and the seminars in a note book.
Teaching support:
Seminars and coments on assignments. The course has web pages in Canvas, where all activities 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:
Mandatory activity:
Excursions. Exercise on plagiarism signed before mid term exam.

Combined assessment:

  • 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 (best of 1-2 presentations) 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:
250 hours
Reduction of credits:
10 credits for SKS303.
Type of course:
Seminars, 5 days excursion.
If there are few registered students, an alternative teaching plan may be given in the course.
The external examiner approves and takes part in the grading of the exams and the note book.
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