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
Last time: 2022V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course should give the students insights on how human activity affects processes and structures in boreal forest ecosystems. We focus on biodiversity, ecological processes, and carbon sequestration. The course deals with the following themes: Tree species ranges, treeline dynamics, mycorrhizal ecology, decomposition and plant-soil feedbacks, nitrogen - limitation and fertilization, disturbance dynamics, forest history, fire ecology, mixed-species forests, forest management effects on ecology and chemical ecology.
Learning outcome:

A candidate who has completed the qualification will gain the following:


  • Good knowledge of the research frontier of topical themes within forest ecology
  • In-depth knowledge of forest ecosystems structure and functioning
  • Good understanding of research methods


  • ability to synthesize, acquire and use information from scientific publications, and ability to communicate these findings orally.
  • Good skills in using scientific terminology and to understand research methods as well as being able to interpret results.

General competence

  • ability to communicate research questions, analyses and conclusions relevant for forest ecology.
  • ability to critically relate to research methods, conclusions and statements within the field
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 (22 articles in total).
ECOL100, SKOG100/102
Recommended prerequisites:
SKOG200, ECOL200, BOT130
Mandatory activity:
Oral presentation of scientific original publications and written reports.

Total assessment consisting of

An oral examination (30 min) at the end of the course accounts for 70% of the course grade.

A portofolio of 10 written reports in the form of answers to questions related to original scientific publications, accounts for 30% of the course grade.

A-F. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.

Nominal workload:
250 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: Combined assessment: Letter grades