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LK0277

Biological systems of the landscape

This course intends to give the students a basic idea of biological/natural geographical phenomena and systems, primarily in the rural landscape. The main subject areas of the course are geology, soil science, ecology, plant physiology and floristics.

On completion of the course, the students should be able to:
- explain and account for quaternary geological sediments and land forms in a landscape and how they have been formed
- explain the physical and chemical properties of different soil types and how these properties can be influenced by external factors
- describe basic ecological structures and processes in the rural landscape
- account for the basic morphology and physiology of plants
- classify plants with the help of a flora and acquired knowledge of morphology and systematics of the plants.

Additional course evaluations for LK0277

Academic year 2020/2021

Biological systems of the landscape (LK0277-40042) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Biological systems of the landscape (LK0277-40096) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Biological systems of the landscape (LK0277-40021) 2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09

Academic year 2017/2018

Biological systems of the landscape (LK0277-40084) 2018-03-21 - 2018-06-03

Academic year 2016/2017

Biological systems of the landscape (LK0277-40058) 2017-03-22 - 2017-06-04

LK0277 Biological systems of the landscape, 15.0 Credits

Biologiska system i landskapet

Syllabus approved

2015-11-11

Subjects

Biology Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Geology and Soil Science 6.00 1002
Plant physiology, floristics, ecology 9.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

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

Swedish

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and to specific entry requirements from upper secondary school according to field-specific entry requirements A3:
- Mathematics 3b alternative Mathematics 3c
- Natural Science 2
- Civics 1b alternativt Civics 1a1 + 1a2.

Objectives

This course intends to give the students a basic idea of biological/natural geographical phenomena and systems, primarily in the rural landscape. The main subject areas of the course are geology, soil science, ecology, plant physiology and floristics.

On completion of the course, the students should be able to:
- explain and account for quaternary geological sediments and land forms in a landscape and how they have been formed
- explain the physical and chemical properties of different soil types and how these properties can be influenced by external factors
- describe basic ecological structures and processes in the rural landscape
- account for the basic morphology and physiology of plants
- classify plants with the help of a flora and acquired knowledge of morphology and systematics of the plants.

Content

The course consists of these modules geology, soil science, ecology, plant physiology and floristics.

The geology part comprises basic knowledge about bedrock geology, quaternary deposits and development history. land formation and geomorphological processes.

The soil science module comprises physical, chemical and biological properties of natural soils. This knowledge provides the basics and the understanding that can be transferred to anthropogenic soil/plant systems. The structure and function of the pore system and the buffering system of the soil are important features of the course module.

The ecology module contains basic knowledge on ecosystems, biotopes, populations and interactions between organisms and the environment. Evolutionary and ecological processes (such as succession) are introduced. Aspects on landscape and climate changes in relation to biological diversity are included.

The plant physiology module includes water and nutrient uptake of plants, the hormone system of plants and plants’ reactions to stress.

The floristics (identification of wild plants) module is to a great extent based on field trips and plant identifications exercises, but also comprises theoretical aspects.
Basic ecological knowledge is assumed and ecological discussions are integrated continuously throughout most parts of the course.

The different parts of the course are integrated to some extent and are based on the landscape and its systems.

The course comprises lectures, exercises, seminars (some are compulsory), field trips (some are compulsory), group assignments and independent studies and examination (compulsory). Compulsory seminars, exercises and field trips are marked in timetable.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examinations.
Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • 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 Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: LK0173
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0277 Application code: SLU-40122 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%