Course code SKS300

SKS300 Forest Ecology

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Course responsible: Line Nybakken, Bo Johan Asplund
Teachers: Bo Johan Asplund, Tone Birkemoe, Gustaf Mikael Olsson, Yngvild Eidissen Ransedokken, Anne Aslaug Sverdrup-Thygeson
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Course contents:
With focus on Fennoscandian forest ecosystems, the main objective of the course is to provide students with insight into important topics within selected areas of forest ecology: tree dynamics, natural distribution of tree species, biogeochemistry (circulation of nutrients within forest ecosystems, and between forest ecosystems and the surrounding environment. Special focus on carbon fluxes and carbon storage, mycorrhiza and decomposition.), forest ecosystems productivity along environmental gradients, forest history, dynamics of natural forests and disturbance dynamics (including abiotic and biotic disturbance regimes), chemical ecology.
Learning outcome:

Qualified candidates should have acquired the following learning goals:


The students will have good knowledge of the research front within the current topics of forest ecology. In addition, they will have an understanding of the ecosystems complexity and function. The subject will provide good knowledge of the scientific publishing process and good ability to interpret and criticize scientific original publications. 


The candidate will be able to synthesize and acquire information from scientific publications and be able to communicate this material orally. The candidate should have good skills in the application of the subjects, ideas and methods, as well as in analysis and interpretation of results. 

General competence:

The course seeks to develop the candidate's ability to understand and assess the complexity and diversity of forest ecosystems. In particular, emphasis will be placed on mechanisms, the importance of interactions between organisms, and between organisms and their environment. Furthermore, the student should be able to relate critically to research methods, conclusions and statements in the field of study.

Learning activities:
Lectures to introduce different aspects of forest ecology, seminars and group-discussions where the teacher is present, independent reading, and independent work in the form of writing reports on original scientific publications.
Teaching support:
The candidate's learning can be supported through academic guidance during the teacher's office hours.
Recent original scientific publications (20 articles in total).
ECOL100, SKOG100/102
Recommended prerequisites:
SKOG200, ECOL200, BOT130
Mandatory activity:
Oral presentation of scientific original publications and written reports.
An oral examination (30 min) at the end of the course accounts for 70% of the course grade. Written reports in the form of answers to questions related to original scientific publications, accounts for 30% of the course grade. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 10 hours. Seminars: 20 hours. Preparation for presentations, seminars and exam: 270 hours.
Quality assurance of the course by the use of an external examiner with good knowledge of the level of the subject at national as well as international teaching institutions.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F