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SG0253

Forest animals

This course provides knowledge of zoology with a specific focus on Swedish forest animals. You will learn about the taxonomy, classification, phylogeny, systematic and biogeography of animals. Lectures of Swedish taxa and exercises based on study collections give you insight into identification of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insect orders and tracks of saproxylic insects in Swedish forests.

2021-10-04
Welcome to the course in 2022!
The course Forest animals will be given as 100% distance course, starting the 17th January and ending the 5th June (Last examination 30th May). The course platform is Canvas, all students that are accepted to the course, will be invited to the Canvas in the beginning of January.

The course comprises of four modules. 1.The general Zoology (1,5 hp), 2. mammals (2 hp), 3. Insects (2 hp), 4. birds and herptiles (2 hp). General zoology will be examined with home assignments, and the other block are examined in Canvas/Zoom examinations. All of the lectures will be recorded, but we will have synchronized discussions with the responsible teachers. The schedule will be discussed with the participating students during the first meeting. The preliminary list of literature is updated. Any books presenting the mammals and birds of Sweden or Northern Europe are acceptable. Michael Chinery's book of insects is clearly the best when it comes to insects in general.

Nationalnyckeln and Bengt Ehnströms “Insektgnag i bark och ved” are extraordinary in learning tracks of beetles and longhorn beetles.

We will see whether there are possibilities to excursions of birds and herptiles in April 2022. More information will come!

See in In January 17th at 9:00 (Stockholm time) in Zoom!

Should you have any questions regarding the course, please email or call me!

Anne-Maarit Hekkala

Additional course evaluations for SG0253

Academic year 2020/2021

Forest animals (SG0253-30028) 2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Forest animals (SG0253-30046) 2020-01-20 - 2020-04-30

SG0253 Forest animals, 7.5 Credits

Skogens djur

Syllabus approved

2018-11-15

Subjects

Biology Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

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.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Basic eligibility for higher education.

Objectives

The aim of the course is to give an oversight into forest animals, their phylogeny, origin, biology and distribution patterns in Sweden.

After completing the course the student should be able to:
- describe taxonomy, classification, phylogeny and systematic of the animal kingdom
- account for the biology of Swedish animals and their physiological adaptations, evolution, behavior and biogeography
- recognize species of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insect orders and tracks of saproxylic insects in Swedish forests

Content

The course provides knowledge of zoology with a specific focus on Swedish forest animals. Lectures in general zoology together with assignments and the text book are used for the student to learn about the taxonomy, classification, phylogeny, systematic and biogeography of animals. Lectures of Swedish taxa and exercises based on study collections give the student insight into identification of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insect orders and tracks of saproxylic insects in Swedish forests.

Individual assignments, exercises and written exams are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Examination includes written and practical parts.

The learning objectives are achieved by assignments, lectures, field excursions, and study of museum specimens. If assignments are not submitted on time, higher grades are not possible but only the basic grade of "pass".




  • 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 Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
Replaces: BI1196
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Integrated principles of Zoology. 17th edition
Author: Hickman Jr. C.P. et al
ISBN: 13-9780073524214
Comments: Also 16th or 15th edition will work fine.This book is not at all necessary for the course, but if you want to learn more on animal ecology, this is good general book.
2) Mammals of Europe
Author: Macdonald & Barrett 2001
ISBN: 9780691091600
3) Nordens däggdjur
Author: Jensen B
ISBN: 91-518-4432-X
4) Insekter, en fälthandbok
Author: Douwes, Hall, Hansson & Sandhall
ISBN: 91-86448-36-6
5) Insects of Britain and Northern Europe
Author: Chinery
ISBN: 0-00-219918-1
6) Signalarter bland bark- och vedlevande insekter i norra Sverige
Author: Ehnström & Bjelkefelt
ISBN: 978-91-637-1086-5
7) Compendium of forest insects-SLU Umeå
Author: Roger Mugerva Pettersonand Anne-Maarit Hekkala
Comments: This compendium will be shared with you during the insect block.
8) Fåglar i Europa
Author: Jonsson L
ISBN: 91-46-17633-0
9) Fågelguiden
Author: Mullarney, Svensson & Zetterström
ISBN: 9789174240399

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master´s Programme Forest Management - Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Forest science
Course code: SG0253 Application code: SLU-30295 Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies Pace: 25%