5 cr / 133 h of work.
|Language of instruction
Finnish / English.
B.Sc. 1st summer. ECOGEN 1st summer.
Student is able to identify most common boreal plant species in the field, to plan and conduct ecological field experiments and use basic methods in vegetation analyses.
Vegetation in the coast of Bothnian Bay in Hailuoto and/or Oulu (3 days). Basics of boreal forest and mire vegetation classification and types at Oulanka Research Station (7 days). Vegetation research and basic methods of stock estimation. Mire vegetation development and ecological biodiversity.
|Mode of delivery
|Learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures 10 h, field demonstrations and laboratory exercises, excursions 84 hours in Oulu and/or Hailuoto and Oulanka Research Station. Field exams for plant identification and mire ecology, report.
B.Sc. Compulsory to ECO 5 cr and TEA 5 cp, TEA: at least 10 cr compulsory, two field courses, one ecological botany field course (756343A) and other animal field course (either 755321 or 755322A).
|Prerequisites and co-requisites
Identification of plant species (756354A) 5 cr or equivalent knowledge.
|Recommended optional programme components
Course has capacity for 32 or 40 students. Possible elimination of the candidates is done by study success and Plant identification (756354A) grade. This course is a prerequisite for courses Plant ecology (752600S), Mire ecology (752692S) and Field course in Arctic-Alpine ecology and vegetation (752642S).
|Recommended or required reading
Laitinen et al. 2012: Field course in ecological botany; Hanhela, P. & Halonen, P. 1995: Plant identification; Huttunen, A: 1995: Introduction to forest types; Eurola, S., Hicks, S. and Kaakinen, H. 1994: Key to Finnish mire types, pp. 12-117 in: Moore, P. D. (ed.), 1994 European mires, London Academic Press, London, 367 p.
The availability of the literature can be checked from this link.
|Assessment methods and criteria
Field exams, report.
Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.
Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail.
Doc. Risto Virtanen.
|Working life cooperation
Essential working life skills are learned during the field course.