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Raw Material Properties and Refining Processes

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Additional course evaluations for SG0254

Academic year 2020/2021

Raw Material Properties and Refining Processes (SG0254-10044) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Raw Material Properties and Refining Processes (SG0254-10052) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

SG0254 Raw Material Properties and Refining Processes, 15.0 Credits

Råvaruegenskaper och förädlingsprocesser

Syllabus approved



Forest science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Written exam Traditional products 5.50 1002
Case 1 2.00 1003
Written exam Forest Fuels and new products 5.50 1004
Case 2 2.00 1005

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 120 credits in forest science at basic level including:
- 7.5 credits wood technology


The course aims to provide the students with advanced knowledge of forest based raw material properties, in order to meet end user requirements. The course contains specialisation in processing techniques and the role of raw material properties for industrial wood supply. The course is aimed mainly on wood-based products and pulp/paper, but also energy and other products from forest as well as by-products and other biomasses are addressed.
The course is aimed mainly on wood-based products and pulp/paper, but also energy and other products from forest as well as by-products and other biomasses are addressed.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe and analyse forest industrial processes considering the heterogeneity of the raw material in the processing areas of sawmilling and pulp/paper.
- Describe and analyse industrial processes considering the heterogeneity of the raw material in the processing areas of solid, fluid and gaseous fuels as well as new bio-refinery products.
- Acquire relevant information, describe and analyse a subject area in the chain product requirements-processing technique-raw material and present the result in both written and oral form in a correct and clear way
- Determine mechanical properties on different materials by means of mechanized testing
- Account for and evaluate the connection between the properties of the raw material, the industrial process and the final product
-Independently synthesise received knowledge to make an assessment of future applications regarding use of both forest based and other bio-masses.


The course covers both traditional forest industrial products and various types of future products, in the form of e.g. fuels and new bio-refinery products. Included subject areas are forest technology, bioenergy and wood technology. The course consists of lectures, of which a large number of external participating, own works and seminars, laboratory sessions and study visits. Implementation of written assignments are compulsory. Attendance is compulsory during some parts of the course, mainly during practical exercises and field trips.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written examinations.
Passed written and oral presentations.
Passed exercises and approved participation in compulsory activities.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is the first in the so-called "RÅG-stråket", which is the name of a package constituting three courses á 15 credits that together provide the forestry students with deep skills in forestry raw material supply management. This first course provides knowledge and understanding of the forest biomass raw material and its varying properties, with a focus on raw material needs and - requirements for different forest industrial processes and refinement techniques. The following course is "Industrial Wood Supply Strategy", with a focus on how forestry activities are structured in the long term to sustainably supply industries with the necessary raw materials. The third and final course in the package is "Forest Operations Control in Wood Supply" with a focus on the final steps of supply management: to go from plan to practical implementation with as efficient use of resources as possible. The RÅG-courses are made to prepare the student for work in the forest supply chain as e.g. harvesting managers and transport coordinators. The course is, as well as other RÅG-courses, therefore highly realistic, with extensive participation from industry representatives and with realistic exercises to let the students train their skills. The course continues to build on knowledge in the subject wood technology, why such basic knowledge is an entry requirement. Students who have passed the basic course Forest Technology and Wood Technology (15 credits) or the course Market Oriented Wood Supply (7.5 credits), fulfil the special entry requirements about 7.5 credits in wood technology. Replaces the course SG0207 which in turn replaces SG0165 (7.5 credits).

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0207
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Forest Management - Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0254 Application code: SLU-10039 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology Pace: 100%