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Forest ecology and production potential

SV0018 Forest ecology and production potential, 7.5 Credits

Skogens ekologi och produktionsförmåga

Syllabus approved



Biology Forestry Science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Project work 2.00 1002
Written exam 5.50 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

- Science studies 1b, or Science studies 1a1 + 1a2, or Science studies A

or equivalent knowledge


The aim of the course is to create a basic understanding of the conditions for the forest’s ability to maintain and deliver different types of ecosystem services and values. The course also provides an introduction to how forestry management interact with abiotic and biotic site conditions.

After completing the course, the student should be able to

- briefly describe the earth’s biome, as well as the conditions typical for the common forest types in Sweden
- describe basic concepts in soil science, hydrology and climatology, as well as have an overview of Sweden’s bedrock and soils, and soils commonly found on forest land
- describe local and global cycles for carbon and the most important plant nutrients in the forest ecosystem.
- briefly describe the physiological and ecological conditions that determine distribution and productivity for the common organisms in Swedish forest land (both trees and other organisms)
- explain at a basic level how forest management affect biodiversity and the delivery of various ecosystem services
- prepare and conduct an oral presentation.


The course mainly deals with Swedish conditions, but also provides insight into forests and forest management in other parts of the world. Lectures, group exercises, assignments and presentation of project work include
- how different organisms are adapted to their environment, and how these adaptions affect the structure and dynamics of forest ecosystems
- basic concepts and processes in soil science and ecology with significance for growth and biodiversity of trees and other organisms in the forest
- basic principles for the biogeochemical cycles (e.g. those for carbon and nitrogen), energy flows, as well as factors and processes that regulate the forest’s primary production and biological diversity
- factors that enable and limit the different values of the forest and an introduction to how forest management interact with the abiotic site conditions
- how to prepare and conduct an oral presentation.

Mandatory elements consist of presenting one’s own project work and participation during project presentations by others.

The Forestry Science content is divided into sub-areas as follows:

- 7,5 credits Natural processes

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examination, approved exercises and assignments, as well as completed oral presentation.
  • 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 SG0267, 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 Ecology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: SG0267, SV0004
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 Business Management (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Forestry Science
Course code: SV0018 Application code: SLU-30151 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%