Analysis of environmental data 1
This course target all students that want to experience data in a fun and exciting way. No need for memorizing statistical theories and mathematical paradigms. In this class, you will be learning by doing and work directly with data through guided exercises, interaction with instructors and your peers. You do not need to be scared of data anymore!
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Syllabus and other information
SV0019 Analysis of environmental data 1, 7.5 CreditsAnalys av miljödata 1
SubjectsBiology Forestry Science
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1N)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 120 credits including any of the following subjects
- 60 credits in Forestry Science or
- 60 credits in Biology or
- 60 credits in Environmental Science or
- 60 credits in Natural Resource Management or
- 60 credits in Forest Management or
- 60 credits in Soil Science or
And English 6.
The purpose of the course is to teach students methods for analyzing data typical for forest research and related fields such as ecology, biology, soil science, and genetics. The students acquire basic theoretical background and practical experience in design, data management and data analysis.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
• Independently analyze environmental data obtained by forestry research.
• Manipulate and organize population/biodiversity/environmental data.
• Explore and illustrate biological data from forest stands.
• Identify and categorize differences between different statistical tests for ecological data.
• Motivate and carry out appropriate analyzes of forest data.
Subject matter content
The course deals with environmental data on different ecosystems, with a focus on forests, from different aspects. Some examples of data analyzed in the course are: populations, biodiversity, individual forest stands, hydrological data such as watercourses and groundwater, hydrological and biogeochemical cycles and genetic data. The course also covers basic principles of a sustainable forest ecosystem.
The course focuses on giving students practical experience in data management, visualization, and analyzes in programs that are commonly used in research and practice. The course is divided into several individual modules that will focus on: 1) Data management and organization; 2) Data visualization; 3) Experimental design; 4) Data analyses.
The course uses different teaching methods to promote student learning and discussion through interactive lectures and exercises.
Each module begins with online introductions and exercises that students do at their own pace, reading material and/or recorded lectures. Each module ends with a submission task where the students have to solve a problem with a provided datasets. The students will have the opportunity of consultations with the teacher.
The course focuses on the following general competences: scientific methods, digital competence, technology use, independence, creativity.
Cooperation with the surrounding society takes place through course assignments based on real and complex data that students may encounter in their future jobs, including data from for example, research, the Forestry Agency or the Geological Survey of Sweden.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
This course prepares students for their master's theses and equips them with the skills to design their study, collect and analyze their data. They also gain general competences in several areas listed for the Master's program at the Faculty of Forestry.
Department of Forest ecology and Management