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Introduction to forestry practices

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Additional course evaluations for SG0215

Academic year 2019/2020

Introduction to forestry practices (SG0215-40031) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Introduction to forestry practices (SG0215-40147) 2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09

SG0215 Introduction to forestry practices, 15.0 Credits

Praktiskt skogsbruk

Syllabus approved



Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

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

Knowledge equivalent to
- 15 credits in Forest Science


Focus in the course is to provide deepening theoretical and practical knowledge in production of forestry values by highlighting the natural production conditions, possible forestry methods and their economic and environmental consequences as well as the expectations and restrictions of the society. As in reality several forestry subjects are combined and integrated to encompass the complexity that forestry implies.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
-describe the main groups of the plant kingdom with respect to systematics, morphology and reproductive biology at a general level as well as account for plants dispersion, establishment and survival strategies in different environments with connection to natural and human disturbances -identify important Swedish vegetation types as well as know their origin and distinctive features as well as use basic methods and tools for determination of plants species.
-account for how the dynamics and structure of the forest stand are influenced by different silvicultural treatements and discuss consequences for the supply of forest based products and services, as well as consequences for local climate, soil and water conditions.
-account for the physical and economic frames that limit forestry work, describe the most common working methods and machine systems that are used to carry out silvicultural treatments ,as well as account for the criteria that influence choice of machine system when creating values in the forest.
-account for the most important wood based biomaterials as well as describe the processes that are available for its processing to different products.
-describe the most common collection techniques and the databases for geographic forestry data, as well as be able to create a model in GIS and subsequently be able to process, analyse and present data.
-describe group processes and the students own role in these, as well as account for master suppression techniques and counter strategies and tools to change power structures
- orally speak and present for the group.


The course includes the six subject areas botany, soil science, silviculture, forest technology, wood science as well as geographic information systems (GIT). The different areas are combined and integrated in the course. To accomplish practical experience, joint references and individual skills, the teaching and assignments are largely based on teacher-supervised field exercises, field trips, project work, oral presentations in the field, study assignments and practical examination in the field. Approved results of these components are compulsory to fulfill the course requirements.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examination, passed written assignments, passed practical examination in the field as well as participation in compulsory components.
  • 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 replace the former course SG0164, and SG0105 and parts of SG0103.

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Department of Forest Resource Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0164, som i sin tur ersatte SG0105 och delar av

Betygskriterier presenteras i Canvas.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0215 Application code: SLU-40011 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology Pace: 100%