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Plant and soil science for landscape engineers

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Additional course evaluations for LK0351

Academic year 2020/2021

Plant and soil science for landscape engineers (LK0351-10009) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Plant and soil science for landscape engineers (LK0351-10093) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

LK0351 Plant and soil science for landscape engineers, 15.0 Credits

Växt- och marklära för landskapsingenjörer

Syllabus approved



Biology Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Vegetation construction 5.00 1002
Soil science 5.00 1003
Trees and shrubs 3.00 1004
Perennials 1.00 1005
Annuals 1.00 1006

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.



Prior knowledge

The equivalent to field-specific entry requirements A14 (the exception Social Studies 1a2) that include:
- Mathematics 2a or Mathematics 2b or Mathematics 2c
- Science Studies 2
- Social Studies 1b or Social Studies 1a1


The aim of the course is to give the student basic knowledge about plants, vegetation and soil and understand the relationships between soil and vegetation.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- identify a from a user perspective relevant basic range of cultivated plants under different growing conditions and phase of life by means of the morphology of the plants
- apply the basic rules for the nomenclature of the plants
- describe habitat requirement, fields of use and perceived values for the plants in the basic range
- describe and explain the bases of the planting design and the vegetation dynamics and connections to site conditions, especially with a focus on soil
- describe the formation and spread of the soil types in Sweden at a general level
- account for how different soil types function from soil physical and soil chemical point of view
- explain how man can influence the properties of the soil and be able to account at a general level for how sustainable and maintenance-demanding a built-up soil-plant system will become.


The course contains basic knowledge about plants. Systematic botany, morphology, plant knowledge and basic planting design are included. In the course, plant material are studied through teacher-supervised demonstrations and self-studies. Through literature studies, demonstrations, field trips and compulsory exercises, knowledge of fields of use, climate hardiness and perceived values for the plants in a selected basic range are developed. The part of planting design is about construction, structure, dynamics, habitat characteristics and application possibilities of different vegetation units.

Further, the course contains basic knowledge about soil such as the physical and chemical properties of natural soil. This knowledge gives bases and understanding that can be transferred to soil-plant system built by man. Important parts in the course are the structure and function of the pore system and the buffering system of the soil. Through literature studies, lectures, laboratory sessions, group discussions, exercises and a compulsory seminar, knowledge of soil is given.

Written examinations in plant knowledge, planting design and soil science. The plant and soil studies are brought together in a final assignment on 2 credits.

The course is the first course in the landscape engineer programme and includes parts that concerns the professional context of the landscape engineer.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passing the course requires actively participation in compulsory parts and seminar. Submissions and exercises accomplished according to instructions and passed in all written examinations.
  • 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.

Additional information

The course is compulsory within the landscape engineer programme.

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: LK0192 och delar av TN0324
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Träd i urbana landskap
Author: Sjöman H. & Slagstedt J
ISBN: 789144073385
Comments: Obligatorisk
2) Essential Soil Science
Author: Ashman M.R & Puri G.
ISBN: 9780632048854
Comments: Finns som e-bok på SLU-biblioteket Obligatorisk
3) Växtlistor Perenner, Utplanteringsväxter och Lignoser 2021 samt övrig literatur hittar ni på er Canvas sida.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Engineer 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: LK0351 Application code: SLU-10284 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%