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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to project management skills and forest operations. These include road construction, runoff and erosion control, bridge design, forest management and harvesting operations, machinery design, legal matters, and budgeting.

Unit content

Introduction to forest operations and goals of operations management
Project planning tools; managing time, money and people
Understanding the roles standards, codes, best practice and legislation
Contracts and tenders
Design goals; forest products, costs and impact
Compartment design; roads, bridges, and hydrology
Wood production operations in native forests
Wood production operations in plantation forests
Operations relating to provision of recreational services
Operations relating to provision of forest conservation services

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 demonstrate skills in project management including stakeholder identification and consultation; preparation of project plans including milestones and work schedules; preparation of budgets and expenditure review; contingency plans Knowledge of a discipline
2 exhibit knowledge of and skills in business management principles; legislative compliance and contracts Knowledge of a discipline
3 demonstrate skill in the design and conduct of mechanised forest operations including; site preparation and planting; pruning, thinning and harvesting Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 demonstrate knowledge of the principle motivations that underpin machinery design including maximising forest product value, optimising costs of production and minimising landscape impacts Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 demonstrate skills in the design of road transport infrastructure including pavements, runoff control infrastructure and water course crossings. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate skills in project management including stakeholder identification and consultation; preparation of project plans including milestones and work schedules; preparation of budgets and expenditure review; contingency plans
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. exhibit knowledge of and skills in business management principles; legislative compliance and contracts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate skill in the design and conduct of mechanised forest operations including; site preparation and planting; pruning, thinning and harvesting
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the principle motivations that underpin machinery design including maximising forest product value, optimising costs of production and minimising landscape impacts
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate skills in the design of road transport infrastructure including pavements, runoff control infrastructure and water course crossings.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills