Degree Programmes conducted in Swedish 2014–

Degree Programme in Natural Resources and the Environment, Environmental Planning (240 cr)

Degree: Bachelor of Natural Resources
Qualification title: Bachelor of Natural Resources
Duration of studies: 4 years
Realization plans

Core studies

69 cr
NM13ST9    9 cr

Introduction to Academic Studies

The student
- is familiar with his/her UAS and Campus
- is aware of the gain of activating methods of learning
- can reflect on his/her studies and future plans and is aware of his/her individual learning style
- can plan and follow up his/her studies
- can generate new knowledge and create personal learning environments and share knowledge with others
- can reflect on life-long learning within the profession
- can retrieve and critically view information
3    3 cr

Project in our Line of Business

Den studerande
- kan planera, genomföra och utvärdera ett branschspecifikt projekt
- har grundläggande insikt i sin egen bransch
- kan använda verktyg inom projektplanering och -hantering
- känner till hur team bildas och utvecklas
- kan arbeta med andra i grupper och team oberoende av bakgrund
- känner till projektledarens roll och uppgifter
3    3 cr


The student has a good command of:
- the IT services of the UAS and the utilities needed in work and studies in order to compile written assignments, analyse data and report projects
- file handling
- word processing programs used for creating and handling standard documents, official letters and reports
- word processing programs used for creating and handling lengthy documents including e.g. a list of contents and a list of references
- spreadsheet programs needed to handle calculations including formulae, functions and charts
- presentation graphics programs used for making presentations
3    3 cr
NM13SP     9 cr


The student:
- can communicate coherently and in a professional manner both orally and in writing, in a work context
- demonstrates appropriate knowledge of the process of academic writing and a correct use of references
- can use different channels to retrieve information and compile reports according to the standard form and layout
3    3 cr


The student:
- demonstrates ability to communicate in a natural and professional manner, in speaking as well as writing, in a work context, including customer service
- demonstrates proficiency in the terminology of the field and is able to benefit from research and literature in his/her professional development
- shows such skills in the Finnish language as are in accordance with the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003). This means that the student must show satisfactory (grade 1, 2 or 3) or good (grade 4 or 5) skills in speaking and writing Finnish. Written and oral skills are assessed separately.
3    3 cr


The student:
- shows the ability to communicate in a professional manner in a work context in speaking as well as writing
- is familiar with essential terminology within his/her field and is able to benefit from professional literature
- has a positive attitude to developing his/her receptive and productive language skills and is familiar with the relevant tools
- is aware of cultural differences in international contexts
3    3 cr
NM13NA     9 cr

Handling of GPS and GIS

"The student:
- knows how to plan and realise gathering of position-specific information
- is able to produce geographical information for the use of the natural resources sector
- knows how to localize existing GIS information on the internet and the databases of his/her own organization "
3    3 cr

Handling of Data Related to Natural Resources

"The student:
- knows how to arrange and process gathered data into information
- is familiar with the methods related to the effective storage of large quantities of information
- is able to use spreadsheet (e.g. Excel) in an effective and versatile manner for the storage, analysis and presentation of data
- knows how to validate the correctness of data
- knows how to choose and use statistically correct methods to meet various objectives "
3    3 cr


"The student:
- understands that independent work, focusing and accuracy constitute the conditions for learning
- understands that it is important to cooperate and to be sensitive for different angles of approach and to take them into consideration
- knows how to solve mathematical problems
- is able to apply the trigonometry of a right-angled triangle
- is able to solve polynomial equations and interpret polynomial functions graphically
- is able to represent and calculate by using arithmetic and geometric series
- understands how scientific phenomena can be described by using mathematical functions and models
- knows how to use basic logarithm rules in order to solve exponential equations
- understands the reasons to use and possibilities gained by using logarithm and exponential functions
- is familiar with the concepts of limit, differential coefficient and integral and knows how to apply rules for simple functions
3    3 cr
NM13BG     6 cr


"The student:
- is familiar with the structure of a plant and how it functions
- is familiar with the central plant physiological functions, e.g. photosynthesis and respiration
- understands the basics of plant classification and knows how literature is used in the identification of plants"
3    3 cr


"The student:
- is familiar with nature, ecology and the most important processes in the most common ecosystems
- is familiar with the meaning of the concept ecosystem services
- is able to account for the dynamics in natural and man-affected ecosystems
- possesses the ecological knowledge basis required in other vocational studies"
 3   3 cr
NM13LS 36  9 cr

Community Planning

"The student:
- understands the need of community planning
- is familiar with the Finnish planning system
- is familiar with the frame of reference for the legislation and contributory organizations of community planning
- is familiar with the contents of the various plans (landscape, master and detailed plans) and their legal consequences
- knows how to account for the planning process in a munincipality"
 3   3 cr

Landscape Management

"The student:
- knows how to assess ecological, aesthetic and economic values
- is able to understand the cultural values of landscape
- learns how to communicate with and understand the active parties within the natural resources and environmental sector
- knows how to administer areas with landscape values (planning and management)"
  6  6 cr
NM13UM     6 cr

Research Methodology

"The student:
- knows the fundamentals of the theory of science
- is able to describe and apply relevant research methods
- knows how to make a plan for a scientific thesis
- knows how to document and communicate his/her research findings
- knows how to search for information from various sources
- knows how to compile information in accordance to established scientific practices
- understands the objective of a degree thesis and the requirements placed on it"
  3  3 cr


"The student
- understands the need for statistics as a tool for analysing information
- masters the most basic statistical concepts
- understands the importance of a correct selection procedure in the collection of data
- knows how to perform hypothesis testing
- understands the importance of complying with the terms and conditions of statistical tests
- has a good command of the most important statistical macros and functions of the spreadsheet program MS Excel and is familiar with the possibility of using real statistical software
- knows how to interpret and present the results of an analysis "
  3  3 cr
NM15HF 669 21 cr


The student:
- is familiar with the principles of good accounting ethics
- knows the basics of accounting
- is familiar with the demands for tax accounting
- is acquainted with the demands on the employer to register, pay VAT and sign required insurances
- is able to assess the accounts of the company and their impact on the strategy of the company
 3   3 cr

Management Accounting

The student:
- is familiar with the overall purpose of management accounting
- is able to assess and evaluate cost-benefit analysis of a company
- understands the importance of using business ratios in evaluating the company
- is familiar with risk assessment
- knows how to set up an appropriate budget
- knows how to determine the correct price on goods and services
- is familiar with tendering and invoicing procedures
 3   3 cr

Marketing and Sales

The student:
- is aware of the importance of marketing in creating a network of customer relations
- can do a market analysis and set up a purposeful marketing strategy
- understands the potential of different marketing channels
- knows how to evaluate the marketing process and adjust it to the correct category of customers
- understands how to adapt the sales process to suit the company profile
  3  3 cr

Leadership in Practice

The student:
- knows the demands on the leadership in order to manage a growing enterprise
- is familiar with different leadership styles and can evaluate and develop his/her own leadership profile
- is able to take into account how goals, motivation and conflicts impact team interaction
- is aware of the responsibility and obligations of the employer
  3  3 cr

Start your own business

The student:
- is aware of the possibilities for self-employment by starting his/her own business
- is familiar with the financial support instruments available for starting a business
- knows what applications and permits are required for the business
- knows the main differences between various company forms
- knows how to make a business plan based on a business idea
- can assess different financial alternatives
- is acquainted with business networks and support organizations within a certain market area
- knows how to evaluate the market and competition situation in his/her own line of business
   3 3 cr

Management Systems

The student:
- has basic knowledge of environmental and quality management systems and their purpose and benefits
- knows the ISO standards and how they are structured
- knows environment, health and safety procedures in companies
- knows how to perform a small scale management system for an organization
   6 6 cr

Professional studies

114 cr
NM13BK2196  36 cr


"The student:
- is familiar with the most common soil and earth types in Finland and their formation
- knows how the ice age affected geology in Fenno-Scandinavia
- knows what effects earth type have on the characteristics of the soil
- is familiar with the circulation of nutrients
- knows how water moves in the soil
- understands how the buffer capacity of soil functions"
3    3 cr

Forest Mensuration 1

"The student:
- knows how to measure trees, growing stock and growth
- knows how to obtain volumes for individual trees and stock with the help of tables
- is familiar with the definitions for various development classes and is able to identify these in the terrain
- knows the development of growing stock during the entire rotation period"
3    3 cr

Forest site Types and Dendrology

"The student:
- knows how to identify plants for forest type classification
- is able to identify the most important Finnish trees and shrubs"
3    3 cr

Nature Biotopes

"The student:
- knows how the climate and soil lead to the formation of different natural biotopes
- is familiar with the most important Finnish forest, bog and meadow biotopes
- knows how to identify the biotopes protected according to laws and societal agreements
- is familiar with the plants (key species) required in biotope determination"
3    3 cr

Game Preservation and Multipurpose Forestry

"The student:
- is familiar with different multipurpose functions and understands their importance as a part of the use of natural resources
- is familiar with different forms of game preservation and hunting
- knows what the right of common access allows as well as its importance on a national scale
- knows how to assess management needs and plan management measures on the basis of multipurpose aspects
- knows how to observe multipurpose aspects and aesthetics in connection with management measures"
 3   3 cr

Nature Inventory I

"The student:
- knows the terrestrial biotopes dealt with mainly in the Nature Conservation Act and Forest Act
- •can determine common vascular plants and birds occurring in southern Finland
- •can use the most important species inventory methods in the field"
6    6 cr

Nature Inventory II

"The student:
- •is able to make a nature inventory and prepare an environmental management plan using established methods, measuring devices and GIS (geographical information systems)
- knows how to communicate in a professional manner
 6   6 cr

Diversity and ecology

"The student:
- is familiar with ecology as a branch of science
- is familiar with the interaction between the living and non-living environment
- understands the diversity of nature as an evolution biological process
- is familiar with and knows how to use methods for the estimation of biological diversity"
3    3 cr

Peat Moss

Den studerande
- förstår torvmarkernas hållbarhetsdimensioner
- känner till torvmarkernas geologiska och ekologiska bildningsprocesser
- känner till klassificeringsgrunder för torvmarker i naturtillstånd
- kan beakta hur en torrläggning (dikning) påverkar våtmarksekosystemet
- kan utvärdera behovet och omfattningen av vattenskyddsåtgärder vid vattenreglering
  3  3 cr

Forest and nature conservation

"The student:
- knows how to account for the background and development of forest and nature conservation
- is able to account for the methods used in securing the diversity of nature in production forests
- is able to identify especially important habitats in accordance with the Forest Act
- knows how to identify forested nature types mentioned in the Nature Conservation Act
- knows how to identify habitats protected by forest certification
- is able to observe forest and nature conservation in connection with management measures and the planning of felling and regeneration
- is able to identify permanent ancient remains in the forest
- is able to observe forest and nature conservation in connection with felling of energy wood
- is able to observe water conservation requirements in the planning of all measures
  3  3 cr
NM13MP     21 cr

Agriculture and Environment

"The student:
- gets insight into agricultural industries and their preconditions
- understands the structure and connections in the Finnish food product supply chain
- is able to understand the environmental consequences of agricultural production
- is familiar with the contents of the environmental subsidies system of the EU"
6    6 cr

Sustainable Development

"The student:
- understands the ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainable development
- is aware of the fact that future possibilities of survival and good life depend on the careful and sustainable use of nature, environment and people
- understands the connection of different aspects of sustainability to his/her own field"
 3   3 cr

Environmental Legislation

"The student:
- is familiar with and knows how to apply valid environmental legislation
- understands the character of licence processes and how different authorities work
- has insight into the administration of municipalities"
 3   3 cr

Environmental protection

"The student:
- has basic knowledge of questions related to hygiene
- had basic knowledge of legislation and supervision methods regarding household and bathwater control as well as foodstuff control
- is familiar with the problems regarding indoor climate
- has an insight into how a health officer works
 3   3 cr

Environmental Impact Assessment

The student:
- understands the importance of assessing the long term environmental consequences of planning and construction
- knows the EIA process in Finland and EU
- is familiar with different methods of assessing environmental consequences of a product, a service or an activity
  6  6 cr
NM13CM     21 cr

Coastal environment

"The student:
- familiarizes him-/herself with the structure and functioning of the ecosystems of the Baltic Sea and coastal zones
3    3 cr

Coastal Ecology I

The student:
- knows principles of community ecology as applied to brackish water habitats
- can identify common species in the Baltic Sea
- is familiar with marine environments
- knows the basic methods for measuring important ecological parameters in the field and laboratory
- knows how to carry out an ecological study and present the findings
  6  6 cr

Sustainable Coastal Management

The student:
- knows the concepts of integrated coastal zone management
- has basic knowledge of challenges in cross sectorial management of coastal areas
- can identify stakeholders and knows how to involve them in the management process
- understands how maritime spatial planning can be used in sustainable coastal management
- is familiar with relevant policies and legislation
  6  6 cr

Fisheries Resource Management

The student:
- is familiar with fisheries management
- knows different forms of aquaculture
- knows environmental impacts of aquaculture and unsustainable fishery
  3  3 cr

Monitoring of Aquatic Bodies

The student:
- knows what type of pollutional load threatens our water bodies
- knows how and why water bodies are monitored
- is familiar with authorities and other actors conducting monitoring of aquatic bodies
  3  3 cr
NM13MT     15 cr


"The student:
- is familiar with different ways to arrange the energy supply taking alternative systems and locally produced energy into account
- knows how to make economic calculations in order to determine the profitability of energy-saving measures, production and the use of renewable energy
- knows how to assess the effects of different energy forms on carbon dioxide emissions"
 3   3 cr

Waste Management

"The student:
- is familiar with how waste management is managed in Finland and how contaminated soil is cleaned up
- is familiar with the current legislation within the sector
- knows how to handle environmental information on both national languages and knows where to find translations of field-specific terminology
- has basic knowledge of how to communicate in a professional manner
- understands the responsibilities municipalities have within waste management with reference to stakeholders and knows who they are"
 6   6 cr

Environmental Chemistry

"The student:
- is familiar with various toxic substances and their effect on living organisms "
 3   3 cr

Water and Sewage Management

The student:
- knows important principles for managing the optimum use of water resources
- knows the basics of prevention, management and treatment of sewage
- can suggest suitable sewage management solutions in different settings
  3  3 cr
NM13GI     12 cr

Map skills

"The student:
- knows how to read and interpret information from a map
- knows how to move in the terrain and locate objects by using a map
- is familiar with the geometric characteristics of maps
- knows how to combine map generalization and reality
- is able to assess his/her own physical and knowledge-related limitations and create a positive attitude to self-improvement "
 3   3 cr

GIS analysis

"The student:
- is familiar with the methods of data gathering and processing data for GIS analyses
- knows how to analyse vector- or screen-based environmental data by using ArcGIS
- knows how to visualize geographic information in an efficient way and make use of webbased methods for the spreading further of the information "
 3   3 cr

Geographic Information Systems

The student:
- is able to handle geographic data in a GIS program
- knows how to capture data using the global navigation satellite system (GNSS)
- can analyze geographic environmental data using different data sources and methods
- can effectively visualize geographic information for different purposes
  3  3 cr

GIS Project

The student:
- can apply GIS for environmental planning
  3  3 cr
NM13PH     9 cr

Research and development project

"The student
- knows how to realize an interdisciplinary R&D project
- knows how to work in interdisciplinary teams
- is able to use interactive planning methods
- knows how to independently apply planning methods and programmes relevant for the field
- knows how to present and illustrate results based on the character of the project order
- knows how to observe sustainability issues in the realization "
 6   6 cr

Project Management

The student:
- knows the basic principles of project management
- can make and implement a project plan and a timetable
- understands the principles of project administration
- has practical experience in working in projects as a team member and/or project manager
  3  3 cr

Elective studies

12 cr


30 cr
 12126 30 cr

Degree thesis

15 cr
   15 15 cr

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