Course summary

Forest management is a science concerned with the nature of forest ecosystems and best management of these systems – not only for timber but for biodiversity conservation, protection of catchments, storage of carbon and other essential functions.

The Bachelor of Forest Science and Management has been designed in consultation with a range of forestry stakeholders to meet a shortage of degree-qualified foresters.

Forestry graduates develop skills and an understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of sustainable resource management. They have the opportunity to specialise in small or large-scale plantations, restoration forestry, provision of environmental services, wood utilisation, forest inventory and planning, and international forestry.

Changes in the industry drive a continuing demand for degree-qualified foresters able to work in production, conservation and restoration forestry. Native forests continue to be important sources of high-value wood and require managers in public forest agencies and national parks where the focus is on fire management, weed and feral animal control and other important issues.

The course places an emphasis on field work and many trips to native and planted forest types. These provide an opportunity for students to learn key skills in forest science, in evaluating vegetation and planning management options. The Northern Rivers region offers a variety of accessible subtropical environments close to the Lismore campus.

Most lectures and tutorials are taught via online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The course includes compulsory residential teaching periods at Lismore campus that all students must attend.

The course is distinctive for providing graduates with a strong foundation in forest science and incorporates field-based practicums and interactive tutorials. It also focuses on the business aspects of industrial forest management, while acknowledging the importance of alternatives such as small-scale farm forestry, mixed-species plantations and managed private native forests.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of scientific methods in forest science and management. Make decosions and exercise informed judgement in relation to native forest, plantation and agroforestry science and management.

Creativity

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and eneterprise in problem-solving. Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability. Demonstrate well-developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of forest science and management. Apply disciplineary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings. Demonstrate knowledge in several sub-disciplines.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning. Critically reflect on practice. Demonstrate information literacy skills.

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts. Collaborate effectively with academic, operational and technical workers.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and the environment.

Students complete 16 weeks of practical workplace experience in a forestry-related area during their studies including in plantation and forested regions across Australia. Many students have found paid work experience through trainee positions with public or private forestry agencies.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.


Course overview

Course code

3004101

Course abbreviation

BForScMgt

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Forest Science and Management degree a candidate shall successfully complete 16 weeks approved work experience and not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. six (6) units from Part B of the Schedule, or other approved units.
  2. A candidate who, while enrolled for the Bachelor of Forest Science and Management:
    1. has successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A of the Schedule of Units, with no more than four (4) units as advanced standing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree; or
    2. has successfully completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Environmental Science may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor Degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate
FOR00101 - Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate
FOR00102 - Measuring Trees and Forests Intermediate
FOR00103 - Native Forest Silviculture Intermediate
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate
FOR00105 - Plantation Silviculture Intermediate
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate
FOR00107 - Forest Health: Pest and Disease Management
FOR00108 - Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Intermediate
FOR00109 - Forest Modelling and Management Advanced
FOR00110 - Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
ISY00241 - Environmental Information Management Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 1 Note 1

Part B


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
ISY00241 - Environmental Information Management Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate
FOR00102 - Measuring Trees and Forests Intermediate
FOR00103 - Native Forest Silviculture Intermediate
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate
FOR00101 - Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate
FOR00105 - Plantation Silviculture Intermediate
1 unit from: (Part B)
Year 3, Session 1
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
FOR00107 - Forest Health: Pest and Disease Management Intermediate
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate
FOR00108 - Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Intermediate
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
FOR00109 - Forest Modelling and Management Advanced
FOR00110 - Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
2 units from: (Part B)
Year 4, Session 2
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced
3 units from: (Part B)

Notes

Note 1: Mt Gambier students only will replace BIO10187 Global Environmental Issues with FOR10176 Introduction to Sustainable Forestry.