BENA4028 Natural resources and multi-objective use of forests (3 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The course provides basic understanding of boreal forest ecosystems, their functions and biodiversity. The course themes also include forestry, forest use planning, forests legistlation and management. Central theme is also alternative uses and values of forests, forest ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation.

Learning outcomes

After this course students can describe main natural dynamics of boreal forests in different spatial scales. Students can explain how forests are managed for timber production and how management is administered and guided. Students are able to tell the main structural differences between managed forests and forests in natural state, and the consequences of these differences for biodiversity. Students have a general understanding on multiple purposes and uses of forests, forest ecosystem services and their values. Students know at the general level sustainable use of forests from economic, ecological and social perspectives.

Description of prerequisites

BENA2020 and BENA4025

Study materials

Literature and other course material provided in Moodle.

Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Kurssilla on läsnäolovelvoite tapaamisissa. Kurssi sisältää kirjallisia töitä, omatoimisen maastotehtävän sekä ryhmätöitä.
Evaluation criteria:
Kirjalliset työt ja ryhmätyöt arvioidaan. Vertaisarviointi sekä opettajan tekemä arviointi.
Time of teaching:
Period 1
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Study methods:

Luennot, ryhmäkeskustelut ja ryhmätyöt esityksineen sekä kirjalliset työt. Läsnäolovelvollisuus.