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Science theory and method

Additional course evaluations for SV0005

Academic year 2021/2022

Science theory and method (SV0005-30298) 2022-01-17 - 2022-02-17

SV0005 Science theory and method, 7.5 Credits

Vetenskapsteori och metod

Syllabus approved



Mathematical Statistics Forestry Science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Science theory and methods 4.00 1002
Statistics 3.50 1003

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.



Prior knowledge

General entry requirements for first-cycle studies and

- Mathematics 3b / 3c or Mathematics C.


The purpose of the course is to provide a basic understanding of scientific theory, method and interpretation of data and provide practical skills in numerical analysis.

After completing the course the student should be able to

- outline scientific theoretical traditions and concepts and describe scientific views and ethical aspects of science
- describe research processes and describe qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection and analysis
- perform literature search and explain the difference between different types of literature
- summarize results and critically examine basic statistics in scientific articles
- orally argue and perform scientific reasoning
- describe methods for experimental design and data collection
- explain basic statistical terminology
- apply descriptive statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests
- interpret the obtained statistical results and put them in context
- perform basic statistical analysis using relevant software.


The course deals with basic scientific theory, ethics and scientific methods and provides an understanding of scientific approaches and the difference between science and pseudoscience. Gender perspectives on research and science are addressed. During the course, skills in argumentation and scientific reasoning are practised. Research processes are described and certain individual elements, including literature search, compilation and statistical analysis, are practiced. Qualitative and quantitative methods, including basic statistical methods, with applications in forest science and biology are addressed.

The course is completed with lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Seminars and some computer exercises are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination

Completed mandatory elements

  • 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 syllabus is uppdated in accordance with the decisions 2021-02-11 (§§ 9-10) by the Board of Education on the main field of study Forestry science and on degree requirements (SLU.sfak.2021.3.1.1-22). It thus replaces SG0264, decided by the Programme Board for Education in Forestry (PN-S) 2020-11-11 (SLU.sfak.2020.3.1.1-447), due to changed field of study.

Responsible department

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies
Cooperating departments:
Department of Forest Resource Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0264
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 (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Mathematical Statistics Forestry Science
Course code: SV0005 Application code: SLU-30097 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies Pace: 100%