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Vegetation design

LK0423 Vegetation design, 7.5 Credits


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Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Introductory part and writing assignment 2.50 1002
Design task in group 2.50 1003
Individual design task 2.50 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

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

General entry requirements for first-cycle studies and knowledge corresponding to:
- 7.5 credits of Forestry Science
- 7.5 credits of Landscape Architecture
- English B.

As the language of instruction is English, the Swedish language general entry requirement may not apply.


The course aims to provide basic understanding of vegetation dynamics, basic insights into design theory, understanding of the factors that influence the design of a forest and basic skills in designing a forest landscape. The course contains case studies, in which the student will practice the different work stages that normally occur during the process of designing a forest planting, as well as taking design considerations into account when processing the planting during subsequent development stages, up to mature forest. This aims to create an understanding of how different aspects, such as timber production and associated economics, aesthetics, biodiversity, recreation and other user aspects, as well as necessary maintenance measures, can all be incorporated into a good overall solution.

After completing the course, the student should be able to

- demonstrate a basic understanding of how different species develop and interact with each other in a forest system over time, and how this development can be controlled through planning, design and management
- explain basic design theoretical concepts that may be relevant in a forest context
- critically review literature on design of forested landscapes
- account for different functions and requirements that need to be taken into account and coordinated in connection with the design of different types of forest environments
- apply design theory theories in a simple design task
- translate insights about different functions and requirements for a forest environment into a design proposal
- communicate a design proposal.


Through literature, lectures and excursions, insight is initially given into how different species within a forest system compete and interact with each other, from young planting to mature forest, and how humans can influence and control this dynamic through planning, design and management measures. Furthermore, through literature, lectures and site visits, various design aspects that may need to be addressed when a forest is planned and managed, as well as opportunities to create experience-rich and functionally rich forest environments through conscious design and management, are conveyed. In a writing assignment, the student are to critically discuss the content of the course literature. The understanding of creating experientially rich forest environments through design is consolidated and practiced through shorter exercises, individually or in groups. In a subsequent stage, there will be discussions during site visits and seminars how the different functions that a forest can fulfill can be balanced against each other through conscious planning, design and management. In a final case study - a design task - the students practice to translate the accumulated knowledge. The finished design proposal is to be presented as a poster. Compulsory parts of the course are excursions, seminars and presentation of the design task.

Formats and requirements for examination

The requirements for passing the course are; pass on writing assignment, pass on design task and completed compulsory parts.
  • 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
Cooperating departments:
Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest and Landscape (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 37491 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0423 Application code: SLU-10170 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%