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Planning and analysis with the Heureka system – a forest decision support system

Hjärtligt välkommen till kursen Planering och analys med Heureka - ett skogligt beslutsstödsystem!
Nu närmar det sig kursstart (30:e aug) och ni kan nu gå in och självregistrera er på kursen via SLU:s studentweb, gå till Ladok student. Många av er kommer att behöva hämta era användaruppgifter först - det gör ni via När ni väl är registrerade kommer ni efter en stund få tillgång till vårt kursrum på lärplattformen Canvas som vi kommer jobba ifrån (Canvas hittas också från studentwebben).
Innan kursstart skulle det vara bra om ni kunde gå in i kursrummet på Canvas och till Modulen Allmän kursinformation och göra följande:

  • Gå till Presentation av deltagare och skriv helt kort om dig själv, exv om din sysselsättning och tidigare erfarenheter av Heureka
  • Gå till Mjukvaror att installera och följ instruktionen för nedladdning av mjukvarorna Zoom, SQL-server och Heurekas programvaror.

Under kursens gång kommer vi ha Zoom-träffar och en och samma zoominloggning kommer att användas under kursen med start kl 09:00 den 30 augusti. I och med att vi bara kommer ha ett tillfälle där alla lärare och studenter träffas samtidigt på kursen hoppas vi att vi ses den 30:e aug på zoom.

Zoomlänken har ni fått via mejl och den ligger även som ett anslag på canvassidan.

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SG0273 Planning and analysis with the Heureka system – a forest decision support system, 15.0 Credits

Planering och analys med Heurekasystemet – ett skogligt beslutsstödsystem

Syllabus approved



Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Introduction 1.50 1002
RegWise 1.50 1003
PlanWise 4.00 1004
StandWise 1.50 1005
PlanEval 1.50 1006
Case 5.00 1007

Advanced study in the main field

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

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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 equivalent to
- 60 credits Forest science
- 60 hp Forest management
- 60 hp Forest and wood engineering


Students will learn the theoretical foundations of forest planning and how an advanced forest decision support system can be used in forest management planning and other analyses related to the future development of the forest ecosystem.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• present the basics of forest planning and the analysis and planning methods upon which the Heureka System is based;
• present the underlying principles of the processes used in a decision support system;
• use all four Heureka programs to process various problems in forest planning and analysis;
• describe the possibilities and limitations with the four Heureka applications;
• interpret and explain analysis results generated with help from the Heureka system.


The course is a distance learning course equating to ten weeks of full-time study. The course uses an independent study package accessible via a virtual learning environment (VLE). The independent study package is divided into 6 modules:
• Module 1: a general introduction to forest planning and the Heureka system.
• Module 2: StandWise and its interactive simulator.
• Module 3: RegWise and its user-defined regulatory system for silviculture and harvesting measures.
• Module 4: PlanWise and its optimisation tool for finding the most suitable action.
• Module 5: PlanEval and its methods for balancing various objectives in cases involving one or more decision makers and stakeholders.
• Module 6: involves a synthesis block in which students will answer a planning problem using one of Heureka’s applications.
Modules 1–5 include exercises with detailed instructions layered with tasks requiring knowledge of both basic planning theory and system structure. The exercises use the system’s various applications to analyse data from both the entire landscape and individual forest properties. Each module is supplemented with recorded lectures that address how Heureka can be used in various sustainability analyses, the type of input required, how the user can control/steer the system’s various components, basic mathematical optimisation and basic theories on multi-criteria decision analysis.
These are the examining components of the modules:
Modules 1–5:
i) submission of a Heureka-related report
ii) submission of a written literature summary
iii) written examination through the learning platform.
Module 6:
i) submission of a written final report
ii) oral presentation of the report using a video conferencing service (such as Zoom).
Summative assessment and Requirements for passing the course:
In order to pass the course, students must successfully pass the following assessments from modules 1–5:
• Heureka-related report
• written literature summary
• written examination through the learning platform

Formats and requirements for examination

  • 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

Students on this distance learning course should be familiar with basic forestry concepts.
Students will need access to a computer, headset, webcam and an internet connection to be able to access the high-resolution streamed teaching materials. The course will be cancelled if there are not enough applicants.

Responsible department

Department of Forest Resource Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0273 Application code: SLU-10335 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Resource Management Pace: 50%