SKOG220 Silviculture

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Andreas Brunner

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:250 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block and autumn parallel.

About this course

Silviculture (regeneration, thinning, silvicultural systems, certification, exotic tree species) and forest genetics.

Learning outcome


Students will learn about the most common silvicultural methods and their effects on the development of trees and forest stands. Students will learn about exotic tree species in order to identify them and evaluate their use and spreading potential. Students will learn the basics of forest genetics, genetic variation, choice of provenances, breeding and adaptation to future climate. The knowledge should be based on research and updated.


Students will be able to select silvicultural options depending on management objectives, conditions for growth, and stand development. Students will be able to evaluate effects of the chosen silvicultural method on growth and development of forest stands.


Students should be able to see advantages of of knowledge-based forest management as opposed to traditions and hierachical orders.

General competance:

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

  • Student reading, lectures, field trips, exercises, and term assignment.
  • Teachers will be available for questions during office hours.
  • SKOG100, SKOG200, ECOL100.
  • The evaluation comprises three parts:

    • Tests (30%)
    • Semester assignment (20%)
    • Oral exam (50%)

    The average mark of each of the three parts must be passed (mark E or better) to pass the course.

    Tests Grading: Letter grades Oral exam Grading: Letter grades Term paper Grading: Letter grades
  • External examiner evaluates the oral exam.
  • Field trips and exercises. Exercise on plagiarism signed before term assignment delivers.
  • In the block period: 6 hours per day, field trips, exercises, lectures.

    In the parallel period: 4 hours per week, lectures, seminars, field trips.

  • 10 credit overlapp with the old version of SKOG220 V16 (15 credit course that were taught last time autumn 2015).
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)