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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Considers the measurement of forest characteristics to ensure their proper conservation and management. Trees are big and forests are extensive, so special techniques must be used to measure them accurately. This unit uses a general teaching approach to introduce modern methods and practice of forest measurement.

Unit content

  • Reasons for measuring trees and forests
  • Accuracy, precision and bias of measurements
  • The plane survey
  • Measurement of individual trees - stem diameter, tree height, stem volume and tree biomass. Use of tree volume, stem taper and biomass functions
  • Measurement of stands - age, stocking density, quadratic mean diameter, basal area, dominant height, stem volume, biomass, site productive capacity, expression of growth. Point and plot stand measurement
  • Measurement of forests - defining and measuring populations, sampling theory, conduct of inventory. Remote sensing applications.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 carry out basic forest measurements with adequate accuracy and precision Ethical practice Communication and social skills
2 know what measurements are required to achieve some particular objectives of management Knowledge of a discipline
3 plan and execute a forest inventory with adequate precision to serve particular objectives of management. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. carry out basic forest measurements with adequate accuracy and precision
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. know what measurements are required to achieve some particular objectives of management
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. plan and execute a forest inventory with adequate precision to serve particular objectives of management.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • The course is taught directly from this text and all students will require a copy: West, PW, 2015, Tree and Forest Measurement, 3rd edn, Springer International, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-14707-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.