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BI1378

Forest Conservation Biology

Information from the course leader

Most welcome to the course in Forest Conservation Biology!

The course is a distance course, and will run at a 50% pace from January to June 2022.

There will be one mandatory physical meeting during the course. We will meet in Uppsala for two full days of excursions 21 - 22 April. Please book these dates in you calendar already now!

The course consist of both asynchronous and synchronous activities. Asynchronous activities are e.g. recorded lectures that you can follow when it suits you, and assignments that you can work on when it suit you but hand in before a given deadline. Synchronous activities are for example literature seminars, discussions and exercises, where you meet teachers and fellow students online at a specified time. . The synchrounous activities are always scheduled during the second half of each week, i.e.Thursdays, Fridays and every second Wednesday.

Please note that some of the synchonous activites are mandatory!

If you have any questions regarding the course, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to meeting you, online and in real life in April.

/Erik Öckinger

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

BI1378-30027 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI1378

Academic year 2022/2023

Forest Conservation Biology (BI1378-20115)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2022/2023

Forest Conservation Biology (BI1378-M2115)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Forest Conservation Biology (BI1378-M3027)

2022-01-17 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Forest Conservation Biology (BI1378-30289)

2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06

Syllabus

BI1378 Forest Conservation Biology, 15.0 Credits

Skoglig naturvårdsbiologi

Subjects

Biology Forest Science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Debate and debate paper 2.0 0102
Litterature seminar 3.0 0103
Excursion 1.0 0104
Written examination 9.0 0105

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 120 credits at basic level including

- 60 credits in Biology or

- 60 credits in Forest Science or

- 60 credits in Forest Management or

- 60 credits in Environmental Sciences or

- 60 credits in Landscape Architecture or

- 60 credits in Agricultural Sciences or

- 60 credits in Natural Resource Management or

- 60 credits in Forestry and Wood Technology

and

English 6.

Objectives

The aim is to provide students with advanced knowledge in the field of conservation biology with a specific focus on applications in forested landscapes. Students will be able to increase their depth of subject knowledge and ability to work independently and get a stronger understanding of how the knowledge could be applied by stakeholders.

After finishing the course, the students should be able to:

- Explain important theories and concepts in ecology which are used in conservation biology, and their application in forest-related nature conservation;

- Define biodiversity and compare different ways to assess biodiversity in forest ecosystems;

- Describe the natural conditions and processes in Swedish forests, how anthropogenic disturbances (such as forestry, climate change, changed land use) affect biodiversity (currently, in the past, and in the future), and propose appropriate conservation and restoration approaches;

- Describe and compare different types of conservation measures taken in Swedish forested landscapes;

- Discuss how conservation of biodiversity may be in conflict or support other societal goals;

- Acquire, critically analyse, and discuss scientific literature within the field of conservation biology.

Content

This course provides knowledge of the field of conservation biology with a specific focus on applications in forested landscapes. The teaching consists of a mix of self-work and real-time learning activities: lectures, literature seminars, projects, excursions and exercises.



The course consists of several parts: Natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes, Forest biodiversity and its assessment, Conservation measures in forests, Key ecological concepts in conservation biology, Single-species conservation approaches, Global change, The societal context of nature conservation, and Multifunctional forests and urban ecology. Each part uses both lectures and at least one other type of teaching (such as literature seminars, projects and exercises). Literature seminars play an important role for deepening the knowledge and improve scientific thinking.



The course is given as a distance course. Literature seminars, written reports, oral presentations, excursions and the written exam are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written exam, approved oral presentations and written reports, and participation in compulsory seminars and excursions.
  • 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.

Other 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.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Cooperating departments:

Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Ekologi

Grading criteria

The grade for the entire course is based on the grades on the debate, the excursion and the written exams (including the assignment in genetics) described below.

Debate and debate article, 2.0 credits

Scale: 5, 4, 3 or U (fail) (which is used for the grading of the course, but for the module only Pass or Fail is visible)

To pass this module the student needs to participate in the scheduled debate and write a debate article before the indicated deadline.

To get grade 3 requires:

- Active participation in oral debate.

- Article with 1-2 arguments with some support.

- Article with appropriate language and structure.

To get grade 4 requires:

- Everything required for grade 3.

- The article is delivered before the indicated deadline

- The article should have at least 3 arguments, which are highly relevant and well-supported.

- The article should be easy to read, which means that it is linguistically correct and well structured.

To get grade 5 requires:

- Everything required for grade 4.

- The article has throughout an argumentation that is clear and logical.

- The text is throughout well-written and concise.

Literature seminars, 3.0 credits

Scale: Pass or Fail

To pass this module the student needs to participate in the six scheduled online seminars. This means that the student (i) is prepared to discuss questions for each scientific paper, and (ii) presents scientific papers for the group members when responsible, according to the instructions for the seminars.

Excursion, 1.0 credits

Scale: 5, 4, 3, and U (fail) (which is used for the grading of the course, but for the module only Pass or Fail is visible).

To get grade 3 requires:

- Participate in the excursion 21-22 April

- Do all field work and answer all questions according to the instructions in the assignment called “Compare disturbance regime and conservation values”

To get grade 4 requires:

- Everything required for grade 3.

- The assignment is delivered before the indicated deadline.

- The answers to several of the questions reveals a broad and deep knowledge of the subject.

- The answers are easy to read, since they are linguistically correct and well-structured.

To get grade 5 requires:

- Everything required for grade 4.

- The answers to most of the questions reveals a broad and deep knowledge of the subject.

- The text shows an ability to connect the field observations with general knowledge about forest ecology.

- The text is throughout concise.

Written exam, 9.0 credits

Scale: 5, 4, 3, and U (fail)

The written exam consists of three parts: the written part of the assignment in Conservation genetics, and two take home exams.

The written report in the Conservation genetics assignment will be assessed as follows:

To get grade 3 requires: Shows comprehensive understanding of conservation genetics concepts

To get grade 4 requires: Shows comprehensive understanding and an ability to link together conservation genetics concepts in a logical way

To get grade 5 requires: Shows depth and breadth in understanding of conservation genetics concepts and an ability to link together conservation genetics concepts in a logical way

The written exam will test the ability regarding the following aspects:

- Describe nature conservation with respect to its societal context, explain its scientific foundations, and structurally discuss underlying ethical values; - Explain important theories and concepts in population biology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and landscape ecology and their application in forest-related nature conservation; - Define biodiversity and compare different ways to assess biodiversity in forest ecosystems; - Describe the natural conditions and processes in Swedish forests, how anthropogenic disturbance affect biodiversity, and propose appropriate conservation and restoration approaches; - Describe different types of conservation measures taken in Swedish forested landscapes - Explain the roles of actors in the forest sector regarding nature conservation and give examples on how their perspectives on nature conservation differ - Give examples on how ecological knowledge can be combined by knowledge in other disciplines to find solutions in nature conservation, for instance when handling conflicting goals in multifunctional forests.

To get grade 3 requires

- Basic abilities regarding all seven aspects described above. Basic abilities means that key terms can be explained and patterns described.

To get grade 4 requires

- Everything required for grade three.

- Everything required for all modules (debate article, excursion, written exam) have been sent in before the deadlines.

- For several of these aspects, the student shows a knowledge which especially is deeper, but also wider. This means that also processes behind the patterns can be explained and that the patterns can be described from different perspectives. Wider knowledge means that a larger number of terms can be explained and more patterns be described relevant for forest conservation biology.

- The student can make a reasonable choice about which knowledge that should be used in different practical examples.

To get grade 5 requires

- Everything required for grade four

- For almost all of these seven aspects, the student shows especially a deep, but also wide, knowledge. This means that also processes behind the patterns can be explained and that different perspectives on the same patterns can be compared. Wider knowledge means that a larger number of terms can be explained and more patterns be described relevant for forest conservation biology.

- The student can discuss which knowledge that should be used in different practical examples and the consequences of different choices.

Litterature list

1) Conservation Biology for all

**Författare: **Sodhi, N.S. & Ehrlich, P.R

ISBN: 978–0–19–955424–9

Kommentar: Freely available online at: https://conbio.org/publications/free-textbook/

2) Scientific papers available at Canvas at the start of the course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest Science
Course code: BI1378 Application code: SLU-30027 Location: Uppsala Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 50%