Trees, structure and function
BI1385 Trees, structure and function, 15.0 CreditsTräd, struktur och funktion
SubjectsBiology Forestry Science
Education cycleFirst cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)
Prior knowledgeGeneral entry requirements for first-cycle studies and
- Mathematics 2a or Mathematics 2b or Mathematics 2c
- Science studies 2
- English B
As the language of instruction is English, the Swedish language general entry requirement may
ObjectivesThis course aims to give the students basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of tree biology, from the roots to the upper canopy. The course covers theoretical and practical knowledge on conifer and broadleaf tree species identification, growth and development of trees, and tree species silvics relevant for sustainable planning and management of trees in urban and rural forested settings. During the course special focus will also be given the writing process, aiming to support students in developing professional writing skills.
After completing the course the student should be able to
- name and identify tree species and describe their optimal habitats and requirements
- describe basic processes of the growth and development of trees, and understand how environmental factors affect tree growth
- collect and discuss the relevance of tree silvics in the context of urban and forest landscape management
- develop basic skills in professional writing.
ContentThis course begins with the students being introduced to a broad range of topics in multiple-uses, values and benefits of trees in urban and rural environments. The course covers a broad range of topics relevant to use of trees in urban and rural environments. It presents the basic concepts and terminology describing the structure and functions of trees, the taxonomy, morphology and use of important broadleaf and conifer trees in Scandinavia and northern Europe. The course also provides basic knowledge in anatomy and physiology of trees, development and growth of different organs and tissues, chemical energy cycles, mineral nutrition and soil properties, water relations and transport, microbial symbiosis, and effects of environmental stress on tree growth. In addition, basic statistics and biometrics, as well as in academic writing will be trained.
The course contains lectures, laboratory and outdoor exercises and demonstrations, group and individual assignments (written and practical), discussions and seminars. Students will also participate in writing labs and receive individual instruction/feedback on writing assignments to progress writing skills. Group work, oral and written presentations, and excursions are compulsory.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed written exam
Approved participation in group work
Approved written and practical assignments
Passed mandatory assigment
- 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.
- 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.