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GIS in forest and landscape

SV0014 GIS in forest and landscape, 7.5 Credits

GIS för skog och landskap

Syllabus approved



Forestry Science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Individual task GIS and WAC 2.00 1002
GIS in forest and landscape 5.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

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 knowledge equivalent to
- 15 credits Forestry science or
- 15 credits Forest sciences or
- 15 credits Biology or
- 15 credits Environmental sciences
- 15 credits Landscape Architecture or
- 15 credits Agricultural Sciences or
- 15 credits Natural Resource Management
and English B.

As the language of instruction is English, the Swedish language general entry requirement may not apply.


The aim with the course is for the student to get a basic understanding and practical experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), specifically within forestry applications and withing a landscape matrix context. This will be achieved by theoretical GIS-basics, data sampling and management, map projections and reference systems, spatial analysis and visualization.

After completed course the student should be able to

- understand the basics of GIS theory
- perform editing in different data structures
- perform queries in (non-/spatial) large datasets
- perform basic spatial analysis
- describe fundamental concepts of remote sensing
- describe the landscape and landscape change with the help of GIS
- describe origin and structure of spatial data
- apply quantative analysis of spatial forest and landscape attributes
- critically assess precision and usage of GIS.


The course gives an introduction to GIS systems. This refers to database management, visualisation and processing of spatial data and information. In the course the students will learn about origin and structure of spatial data, in vectorised features and in rasters, and how this information can be assessed and visualized. Current open data sources for forestry attributes and landscape data is part of learning activities and the students have the opportunity to critically assess and use the contemporary used GIS in Swedish forestry. Exercises in GIS is combined with knowledge transfer on how landscape and land use changes over time. The course includes quantitative analysis of forest attributes.

The Forestry science content is divided into sub-areas as follows:
- 5 credits Objectives, planning and policy
- 2,5 credits Work processes.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written assignments.
  • 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

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 Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
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 and Landscape (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forestry Science
Course code: SV0014 Application code: SLU-20111 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%