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PL412 Human intervention on landscapes

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

Assessment of ecological, visual and social impacts of different types of development projects in the natural landscape, such as power development (hydropower and wind power), road construction and large-scale recreational facilities. Identification of visual and ecological vulnerable landscapes, habitats, and vegetation. Introduction to environmental impact assessments, landscape ecology, mitigation measures and ecological restoration. Exercises in terrain shaping through elementary map drawing by hand. The students will carry out a project assignment that includes assessments of the visual and ecological consequences of a development project.

Learning Outcome


  • The student shall understand the consequences of different types of constructions in the landscape, and how they differ between different types of landscapes.


  • The student is able to shape terrain and visualize terrain changes through basic map drawing.

General competence

  • The student have the ability to assess impacts of different types of construction in the landscape .

Entry requirements

No formal prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

It is an advantage to have completed the course PL416 Landscape analysis

Teaching methods

Lectures,1-3 excursions, Individual exercises and group assignments.

Compulsory learning activities

Group assignment in selected theme

Individual exercises and hand-in in terrain shaping

Participation on compulsory excursions


1) Written project assignment in groups (3-5 students), 60%.

2) Written examination under supervision, multiple choice test, 2 hours, 40%.

New group assignment must be performed if getting a failing grade.

Grading: A-F.

Examination support material

Exam part 1 (group assignment): All

Exam part 2 (multiple choice exam): None

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