BENA2022 Biotopes and their biota 1 (3 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:


Organisms are identified in the field in different habitat types focusing on typical and common species (particularly vertebrates and plants). Identification of the most common habitat types is practiced: forests, peatlands and other wetlands. Ecological population and community data collections are planned and carried out in different organism groups and the use of suitable sampling methods are practiced (tree measurements, vegetation surveys, invertebrate samplings, inventory methods for vertebrates taking into account both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems). Collected samples are identified to required taxonomic level and reported.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student should be able to

· carry out the most important forest measurements and vegetation surveys as well as field sampling of different animal groups.

· identify and name the most common domestic plant and vertebrate species and invertebrate groups.

· describe the main steps of the field inventory project.

· explain the underlying ecological theory for habitat type classification and apply the theory when describing habitat types.

describe major forest habitat types (biotopes) found in Finland, identify characteristic plant species of each habitat type in the field and name the habitat type according to the flora.

Description of prerequisites

BENP1001, 1002 and 1004, and BENA2021.

Study materials

Course materials are shared in Moodle.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Assignments and exercises 100%.
Time of teaching:
Period 5
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Study methods:

Compulsory attendance at the classes, accepted assignments.

No published teaching