Urban ecology and plant knowledge
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Additional course evaluations for BI1361
Academic year 2022/2023
2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31
Academic year 2021/2022
2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01
Academic year 2020/2021
2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01
Syllabus and other information
BI1361 Urban ecology and plant knowledge, 7.5 CreditsUrbanekologi och växtkännedom
SubjectsBiology Landscape Architecture
Education cycleBachelor’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Bachelor’s level (G1F)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 30 credits in landscape architecture.
The purpose of the course is to provide the student with in-depth knowledge of plants, their conditions and challenges, and their significance for maintaining biodiversity and providing various ecosystem services in urban environments. Furthermore, the student will gain a deeper understanding of the ecological consequences that urbanization and densification of urban environments entail and how to mitigate such effects and thus contribute to a more sustainable society.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
identify a selection of lignoses under different plant conditions and life stages, and identify a number of annuals
relate the development of plants to different influencing factors
identify biotic and abiotic damage on plants
explain basic ecological concepts and their importance for plants in urban environments
describe different types of ecosystem services
identify similarities and differences in environmental conditions between natural and urban environments and how such differences affect plants and their functional significance in urban compared to natural environments.
describe how and under what conditions plants in urban environments contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services.
Competence and skills
- annual plants for a smaller planting with focus on aesthetic aspects
-relate connections in natural site preferences of plants to their development in constructed plant beds
-propose suitable measures against biotic and abiotic damage to plants
-propose measures that promote biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban environments
Judgement and approach
-reflect on how landscape engineers can work to strengthen the biodiversity in the city
-discuss how landscape engineers in different roles can handle issues related to ecosystem services, climate change, resource management and people’s need for outdoor environments.
During lectures, field trips, through literature studies and in exercises, both individually and in groups, the student will be able to broaden and deepen his/her knowledge of plants in urban environments as well as deepen his/her understanding of what ecosystem services plants can contribute to and how plants in urban environments can contribute to maintain biodiversity and human well-being.
During field studies plants are studied during different stages of life and in different contexts to deepen knowledge about how the plant is affected by its habitat and the challenges in the city, how the plant reacts to this and how plants and vegetation can affect the environment.
Through lectures, discussions and field trips, the student study the importance of natural and man-made environments for the delivery of various ecosystem services and the maintenance of biodiversity. The student is given knowledge about the implication of loss of natural habitats and the complex of problems of alien species.
Annual plants are an important aesthetic element in urban environments, and through lectures and excursions the student is given knowledge about this plant group. The knowledge is then applied by creating a plant proposal for a smaller planting.
Through lectures, excursions and individual work, the student is given knowledge about target conflicts and solutions regarding urbanization and conservation and creation of green infrastructure.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Written examinations, approved assignments and active participation in field trips and seminars.
-If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
-If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
-If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
-For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional information-The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
-If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
-Part of the course may be given in English.
Department of Ecology
Biologisk mångfald i urbana miljöer - förutsättningar, fördelar och förvaltning.
Anna S. Persson, Henrik G. Smith.
CEC Syntes Nr 02. Centre for environmental and climate science, Lund university. ISBN 978-91-981577-2-7