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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Enhances students' understanding of historical, social, cultural, economic, personal and environmental issues related to the timber industry. The design and manufacture of timber products is considered. This unit extends students' skills and methods for joinery, construction and finishing of timber products and their understanding of the use and maintenance of tools and machinery.

Unit content

  1. Historical developments in the timber industry and their impact on manufacturing processes, materials and work practices. 
  2. Past and present impact of the timber products and furniture industries on the economy, society and the environment. 
  3. Structural, technical, environmental and sociological considerations related to the timber industry. 
  4. Personnel issues and occupational health and safety issues related to the timber industry. 
  5. New and emerging technologies in the timber industry and their impact on the way manufactured products are made and used. 
  6. The principals and practice of design and production/manufacture in the timber products and furniture industry including prototyping, modelling and testing. 
  7. Advanced contemporary skills and methods for joinery, construction and finishing of timber products. 
  8. Use and maintenance of tools and machinery used in the manufacture of timber products. 
  9. Project management (including WHS issues) and communication skills and their application to the production and documentation of a complex, high quality timber product

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe historical developments in the timber industry and their impact on manufacturing processes, materials and work practices
2 critique past and present impacts of the timber products and furniture industries on the economy, society, culture and the environment
3 debate structural, technical, environmental, personal, and sociological considerations related to the timber industry
4 describe new and emerging technologies in the timber industry and their impact on the way manufactured products are made and used
5 discuss the practice of design and production/manufacture in the timber products and furniture industry
6 demonstrate advanced, contemporary skills and methods for joinery, construction and finishing of timber products, and the use and maintenance of tools and machinery
7 apply project management (including WHS issues) and communication skills to the production and documentation of a complex, high quality timber product.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe historical developments in the timber industry and their impact on manufacturing processes, materials and work practices
    • GA4:
  2. critique past and present impacts of the timber products and furniture industries on the economy, society, culture and the environment
    • GA4:
  3. debate structural, technical, environmental, personal, and sociological considerations related to the timber industry
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. describe new and emerging technologies in the timber industry and their impact on the way manufactured products are made and used
    • GA4:
  5. discuss the practice of design and production/manufacture in the timber products and furniture industry
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  6. demonstrate advanced, contemporary skills and methods for joinery, construction and finishing of timber products, and the use and maintenance of tools and machinery
    • GA4:
  7. apply project management (including WHS issues) and communication skills to the production and documentation of a complex, high quality timber product.
    • GA6: