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756343A Plant ecology field course, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 756343A  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Plant ecology field course  Abbreviation Plant ecology f 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3272 Ecology 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Biology 

Virtanen, Risto Juhani 

ECTS Credits 

5 cr / 133 h of work.

Language of instruction 

Finnish / English.


B.Sc. 1st summer. ECOGEN 1st summer.

Learning outcomes 

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 

Face-to-face teaching.

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.

Target group 

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.

Person responsible 

Doc. Risto Virtanen.

Working life cooperation 

Essential working life skills are learned during the field course.

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Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Plant ecology field course  Course  Virtanen, Risto Juhani  06.05.22 -09.07.22

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