Location Specific Knowledge and Fieldwork in Temperate Forest and Nature Management

Course content

The course is a preparatory course for the subsequent course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management. The course includes training in locating and assessing location specific literature; conducting critical online discussions as part of project preparation; preparing and analysing empirically based studies on contemporary sustainable forest and naturemanagement topics; discussing the selection of appropriate data collection instruments; finalising a fieldwork project proposal.


MSc Programme in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management

Learning outcome

The aim is to impart a thorough understanding of the importance of field work preparation. It includes a systematic review of literature within contemporay topics  within sustainable forest and nature management. The course is providing the fundament for the course Sustainable Forest and Nature Management.

Knowledge: An in-depth factual location specific knowledge, building on theoretical knowledge obtained in other courses, relevant to temperate forest and nature management issues

Skills: The course will develop students’ theoretical and practical skills with emphasis on (i) ability to collect, analyse and evaluate appropriate qualitative and quantitative information, and combining this with (ii) choice of appropriate research tools in order to plan high quality field work.

Competences: Students will learn to apply theory and methods within sustainable forest and nature management to describe and predict problems and develop suggestions for their solutions. In-depth location specific factual knowledge; ability to collect, analyse and evaluation qualitative and quantitative information; ability to select and design relevant data collection instruments; ability to design coherent research project proposal; ability to reflect on risks and ethics in relation to data collection in developing countries.

Teaching is done through internet based e-modules. Each module contains well-defined learning objectives, literature and exercises, including multiple-choice self-tests and mediated online discussions. Students will work in inter-institutional virtual groups to arrive at project proposals that will form the basis for field work in the Joint Summer Module

this course is a prerequisite course for the summer course Sustainable Forest and Nature Management

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Description of Examination: Each student will develop a literature and research synopsis. Final grade will be based 100 % on the synopsis.

Weight: Research synopsis 100%.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

To obtain the grade 12 the student must fullfill the Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 20
  • Project work
  • 166
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • English
  • 206