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SG0220

Forest Ecology

In this course you will learn general concepts and theories i ecology with applications to forest, sustainable forestry and nature conservation. The course addresses ecological concepts and theories that students then use to solve problems in different ecological areas. You will learn basic ecological concepts and theories and be able to apply and discuss evoluationary ecological problems, community ecology and reproductive ecology. You will also learn to seek relevant information and apply a critical thinking to solve ecological problems.

The course uses problem-based learning (PBL) based on the students’ experiences, interests and questions. Students work in so called basic groups to formulate ecological questions about different cases. Thereafter, individual work is done to find solutions to the identified issues in each case study. Each case study concludes with a discussion where the members of each basic group compare and summarize their knowledge of the subject and answer the questions they have previously formulated. The different cases represent different ecological areas addressed in the course. Lectures and exercises are also included in each section. Basic group work and exercises are compulsory parts of the course

Dear all,

We are very much looking forward to meeting you soon for the Forest Ecology course start 2nd November. The course registration is now open and you can register yourself until the 2 November.

I have uploaded the updated schedule and we will meet in Bokskogen at 12:15 on Nov 2nd for the course introduction.

Best wishes,

Maja

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The course evaluation is open between 2022-01-09 and 2022-01-30

Additional course evaluations for SG0220

Academic year 2021/2022

Forest Ecology (SG0220-M2020) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Forest Ecology (SG0220-20005) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Forest Ecology (SG0220-20012) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Forest Ecology (SG0220-20065) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

SG0220 Forest Ecology, 15.0 Credits

Skoglig Ekologi

Syllabus approved

2017-11-15

Subjects

Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

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

English

Prior knowledge

Equivalent of knowledge at basic level inlcuding
- 75 credits forest sciences including 7.5 credits ecology
or
- 75 credits biology including 7.5 credits ecology
and
- English 6

Objectives

The course provides the student knowledge of basic ecological theory in terrestrial and aquatic parts of ecosystems. On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Account for basic ecological concepts and theories
- Apply and discuss ecological concepts and theories on evolutionary biological problems including behavioural ecology as well as evolutions processes and mechanisms
- Apply and discuss ecological concepts and theories on population ecology problems including population-controlling mechanisms
-Apply and discuss ecological concepts and theories on community ecology problems including community ecology patterns and the regulatory mechanisms of biological societies
- Apply and discuss ecological concepts and theories on reproductive biology problems including the different reproductive systems of plants
- Seek relevant information, apply a critical approach to the information and use the information as a part to solve ecological problems.

Content

The course addresses ecological concepts and theories that students then use to solve problems in different ecological areas. The course uses problem-based learning (PBL) based on the students’ experiences, interests and questions. Students work in so called basic groups to formulate ecological questions about different cases. Thereafter, individual work is done to find solutions to the identified issues in each case study. Each case study concludes with a discussion where the members of each basic group compare and summarize their knowledge of the subject and answer the questions they have previously formulated. The different cases represent different ecological areas addressed in the course. Lectures and exercises are also included in each section. Basic group work and exercises are compulsory parts of the course.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed written assignments as well as active 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

To the students’ help to decide which fields that are relevant to specialise there are a written instruction with specified goals for the course.

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 www.slu.se.

Responsible department

Department of Forest Ecology and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0137, SG0171
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Course Reading List, Preliminary
Author: Cain, ML, Bowman, WD & Hacker, SD, Ecology 2nd or 3rd edition http://www.sinauer.com/catalog/biology/ecology-611.html
Comments: We will use this text book as a complement to the lectures. It is a very good book that can be used to reach the learning goals in general, but the chapters below are especially recommended. The computer labs. that you will perform during this course are connected to this book. We want you to especially read the chapters that are relevant for these labs. Recommended chapters Connected to lab. 6 Evolution and Ecology 1. Finches and evolution 8 Behavioral Ecology 9 (10) Population Growth and Regulation 2 Population growth 20 (21) Energy Flow and food webs 3 Top-Down control 10 (11) Population Dynamics 4 Isle Royale 17 (18) Biogeography 5 Patchy prairies 18 (19) Species Diversity in Communities 6 Intermediate disturbance The chapter number within parentheses are from the newest edition (2014). In the older edition (2011) chapter 8 is missing, but will be available from us. We will put the recommended chapters in Canvas, where the course will have a work space, for information, archive, handing in assignments, etc

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: SG0220 Application code: SLU-20020 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Ecology and Management Pace: 100%