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Forest Planning with PlanWise as Decision Support

Additional course evaluations for SG0226

Academic year 2020/2021

Forest Planning with PlanWise as Decision Support (SG0226-30019) 2021-01-18 - 2021-02-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Forest Planning with PlanWise as Decision Support (SG0226-30021) 2020-01-20 - 2020-02-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Forest Planning with PlanWise as Decision Support (SG0226-30082) 2019-01-21 - 2019-02-20

Academic year 2018/2019

Forest Planning with PlanWise as Decision Support (SG0226-30229) 2019-01-21 - 2019-02-20

SG0226 Forest Planning with PlanWise as Decision Support, 7.5 Credits

Skoglig planering med PlanVis som beslutsstöd

Syllabus approved



Forest science

Education cycle

First cycle


Title Credits Code
Assignments 2.50 1002
Planning theories 2.50 1003
Case study 2.50 1004

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.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge at basic level equivalent to
- 90 credits forest sciences or
- 90 credits forest management


The aim of the course is to provide the students with in-depth knowledge of the background and meaning of long-term forest planning, and to plan the long-term sustainability of the forest, using the forest decision-making system PlanVis.

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Apply basic concepts in forest planning.
- Explain what characterizes the forestry planning conditions of the individual forest owners, forest companies and society in Sweden and the need for analyzes and decision support.
- Use PlanVis to analyze harvesting opportunities and the long-term development of forest state for a forest holding.
- Interpret and explain the results of the analyzes.
- Describe PlanVis different parts as well as its possibilities and limitations.
- Briefly describe a selection of different decision support systems in forestry.
- Apply the basics of scientific writing and orally present the analyses from case studies.


The course covers how decision support systems are used for analysis in support of strategic decisions. The various components of the system are reviewed including different methods of data collection and how new data can be generated. During the course, the student will practice using the Planvis program and how the program is used to analyze harvesting opportunities and forest permits and, by means of the program, present the results of the analyzes in the form of tables, charts and maps and more. Based on a sustainability perspective and different conditions, such as ownership, forest ownership and forest conservation ambitions, different cases are studied. The results from the analysis of the cases then form the basis for a written report, based on scientific writing principles, which are also presented orally. Students will be given the opportunity to practice commenting and review other students’ case studies.

Exercises, oral presentations and written reports are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved assignments and approved participation in compulsory examinations, approved examinations,
Approved written and oral presentation of project work, as well as approved opposition.
  • 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 pre-requisite can also be fulfilled in a way that provides equivalent knowledge.
In the final exercise, a property with a forestry plan is being analyzed. It is an advantage but no absolute requirement to have a forestry plan drawn up and be familiar with the property’s forest state.
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 Resource Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0155
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 Science - Master´s Programme Forest Management - Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0226 Application code: SLU-30023 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Resource Management Pace: 100%