Independent project at the Department of Soil and Environment

Last changed: 03 April 2019
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At the Department of Soil and Environment you can take independent courses in the following subjects: Soil Science, Environmental Science and Biology.

Working procedure



The Department of Soil and Environment has no common guidelines for the headings, fonts and text size in reports of the independent work. But feel free to use the template available on SLU University Library page.

Front page and title page

You do not need to create the front page and the title page yourself. See below under the heading "When the report is complete".


The report should begin with an English abstract. Read about what an abstract should include on SLU University Library pages.

Popular science summary

After the abstract, the popular science summary follows. Read about what distinguishes a popular science summary from an abstract on SLU University Library pages. Place the popular science summary after the abstract.

Table of contents and page numbering

The table of contents follows after the abstract and the popular science summary. This means that abstract and the popular science summary should not be mentioned in the table of contents. Let the page numbering start on the page containing the Introduction. Let page numbers be centered on the pages because some blank pages might be added. The report is prepared for two-sided copying. 

Information search, reference management and relevant sources

 See the SLU library's pages "Getting ready for your thesis". 


Learn about reference management on SLU University Library pages. Please use the Harvard system. 

Document size

The document size should not exceed 5 MB. 

When the report is complete

When the report is reviewed for plagiarism by "Urkund" and approved by the supervisor and the examiner the supervisor sends the text as a PDF file in A4 size, to Josefine Agrell prepares the front page and the title page according to the guidelines of the Department of Soil and Environment, and merges the parts together.

Keywords and subject areas

Write 5-7 keywords associated with your essay. Words from the title should be avoided because search is already done on the words in the title. The keywords will be included on the title page of the report.

Classify your report in max three of the subjects in the list at The subject areas should describe the contents of the document. The topics are fed in conjunction with Epsilon reporting and are used to search reports in different areas. The subject areas are not included in the report.

Send your keywords and the subject areas to

Picture at the front page

Picture for the front page (optional) is sent as a separate high resolution jpeg file to Write a caption if it is relevant and indicate who took the photo and what year.


After the student's result of the course is reported in LADOK the report is deposited in Epsilon (SLU's digital archive of dissertations, student projects, etc.) by the department. You will find your report published there a day or a week later.

Oral presentation

The presentation can be carried out whenever it suits everyone involved, except between Christmas and New Year holidays and during the month of July when the examination should not be done according to examination regulations at SLU

On May 28, 2019, a joint accounting opportunity for presentations will be offered in Marken (B3051) in the MVM-house, third floor. Director of studies Magnus Simonsson receives notifications from the student or supervisor and puts together a schedule for presentation.

The presentations are arranged for independent projects registered at the department of Soil and Environment. However, an opponent registered at another department is welcome to attend, if the Soil and the Environment student state it in his or her application for the seminar. And if you change services in opposition, presentations of work performed by other departments are also welcome. However, the work carried out at Soil and the Environment has first priority if the presentation schedule becomes full. 

Structure of the seminars

1. Introduction ca 5 minutes (the supervisor introduces the student, the examiner and the opponent)
2. Presentation ca 20-30 minutes
3. Opposition ca 15 minutes
4. Questions/discussions ca 15 minutes (questions from the examiner and the audience)
5. Break 15 min (before the next seminar) when the opponent will get feedback. The break can also be used for the examiner and the student to go through the report together.


The course includes oral opposition on another student's report. 

Participation in seminars

At the bachelor level, it is compulsory to attend at least two other students' presentations.

"The form to report presence at another student's presentation of the independent work" is submitted to the supervisor.

Published reports


Department of Soil and Environment

Former Department of Soil Sciences

Former Department of Forest Soils

Information for supervisors and examiners

The director of studies appoints the examiner

At the Department of Soil and Environment, an examiner is appointed by the director of studies. The supervisor may suggest a supervisor from the Department's examination group.

All examiners must have completed the SLU course about marking criteria,"Betygskurs".

New independent projects

Send proposals for new independent projects to the director of study at the departmet. Use the Word template and enter suggestions for title of the project, number of credits, level, subject, programme if applicable, start time, short description of project and supervisor's name and contact information. The department's list of proposals is found at Available projects.

At the start of an independent work

The supervisor and the examiner should inform themselves about

  • The workflow. In "Guide for students, supervisors and examiners", found at the NJ-faculty web page (Documents and guides), you see who is responsible for what
  • Syllabus
  • Grading criteria - you find them under Documents and guides at the  NJ-faculty web page
  • Requirements for passing grade

Forms to be filled out

The supervisor, the student and the examiner fills out the registration form and the work plan found at the NJ-faculty web page (Documents and guides) together. The independent project must be in accordance with the objectives in the syllabus and the programme guide lines. Remember to update the work plan during the work if necessary. The document with work plan is stored at the department's course secretariat.

Document template for the report

The Department of Soil and Environment has no common template for headings, fonts and text size in student reports. Students are encouraged to follow SLU templates for Student projects found at SLU Library  pages.

Plagiarism review

The supervisor is responsible for reviewing the student's report for plagiarism in Urkund. The student sends the report to the supervisor's e-mail address in Urkund. Do you have no Urkund address or have you forgotten your user information? Contact Urkund's support, see information on the Urkund web page.

Announcement of the oral presentation

At the joint seminars with presentations the director of studies are responsible for the program, room booking, and advertising in the department's calendar on the intranet and inform everyone at the department by email.

At the individual seminars the supervisor is responsible for advertising in the department's calendar on the intranetand inform everyone at the department by email.

Advertising should be done a week before the presentation and should include the student's name, title of the project, time and location of the seminar, supervisor, examiner and opponent.

Date of the common oral presentation sessions and suggestions for layout and timing, etc. are available under the tab Oral presentation.

Completion and examination

The supervisor and the examiner fills in "Form for supervisor and examiner to report result to the LADOK administrator", found at the NJ-faculty web page (Documents and guides),  and put it in the post shelf "Kurssekretariatet"when all compulsory parts of the course are completed. 

Digital publication of the report

When the student's final report is approved by the supervisor and the examiner it shall be published in the publication series for independent work of the Department of Soil and Environment.

The supervisor sends the report approved by the examiner and for plagiarism reviewed in PDF format to Josefine Agrell then provides a series number and in collaboration with the student makes the front page and the title page, according to the department's template, and join them with the text and publishes the report in Epsilon.

Thesis Day 29 May 2019

On Thesis Day 29 May 2019, you are given the opportunity to present your degree project at a poster exhibition and in an oral presentation. The day ends with a ceremony for you, our future alumni.

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