NIFK14035U Sustainable Tropical Forestry School
MSc Programme in Forests and Livelihoods (SUTROFOR)
To gain experiences with field level realities in a tropical country, including developing and implementing a minor research project related to sustainable tropical forestry. A two-week field course to an environmentally diverse area. This will alternate between tropical environments in collaboration with developing country partners. Students will be exposed to a number of topics and/or taken to a variety of sites which demonstrate a range of natural and managed vegetation, and a range of conservation and sustainability issues. Some of these will involve meeting and discussion with local experts. Most of the time will be spent implementing a minor research project. Supervised research method implementation and research report writing.
After finishing the course the student is expected to be able to:
Understand key contemporary issues in tropical forestry (group defined topics)
Understand key social and political influences on the management of natural resources by different groups of people in particular environmental contexts
Overview of data collection instruments and their limitations
Apply principles, theories and frameworks to locally specific knowledge/conditions
Plan and implement field work under difficult conditions; process relevant information in the field
Communicate clearly, concisely and confidently in written format
Make judgment of the usefulness of methods and the reliability of collected data as well as the significance of obtained results
Argue cogently and think critically within the parameters of a particular academic discipline
Demonstrate the values of scholarship: inquiry, reflection, integrity, open mindedness, evidence-based thinking, collegiality
Tackle problems by collecting, analysing and evaluating appropriate qualitative and quantitative information and using it creatively
Course material consists of selected scientific articles and book chapters. Students identify additional group specific literature.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioStudents will prepare and submit individual field work diary of max. 1000 words; present orally their preliminary findings, and submit a group field work report of max. 5000 words.
Weight: Diary 30%, Presentation 30%, Field report 40%
The final grade is calculated as the weighted average of the results from the part-examinations, and you can pass if the average grade is 02 or above.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
See criteria in Learning Outcome
- Project work