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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Considers plantation forests in a worldwide context as native forests become increasingly protected. Plantations provide environmental protection, carbon sequestration and wood for human use. This course uses a general teaching approach to introduce the science behind the technologies involved in sustainable management of plantations of both native and exotic species.

Unit content

  • Policies and ethos surrounding the approach today to plantation forestry
  • Choice of species and suitability of sites for plantation establishment
  • Nursery practices, site cultivation, planting and post-planting tending
  • Nutritional management of plantations
  • Thinning and pruning practice
  • Pests and diseases
  • Breeding strategies
  • Mixed-species plantations

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 Assess the requirements for the establishment of a plantation program Intellectual rigour
2 Advise on the silvicultural management techniques appropriate to ensure a plantation enterprise is commercially viable Intellectual rigour Creativity Communication and social skills
3 Provide assistance in the implementation and supervision of a plantation establishment and management program Creativity Communication and social skills

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

  1. Assess the requirements for the establishment of a plantation program
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. Advise on the silvicultural management techniques appropriate to ensure a plantation enterprise is commercially viable
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. Provide assistance in the implementation and supervision of a plantation establishment and management program
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • The book will be used directly by students from the first week of the teaching session. It is essential to have a copy by the start of the session. Note that the 1st edition of the book is out of date and you should avoid references to it. You can purchase the 2nd edition from internet booksellers and perhaps from the University Co-op Bookshop on the Lismore campus. The website Booko (http://www.booko.com.au/) allows you to find the best price available from internet booksellers: West, PW, 2014, Growing Plantation Forests, 2nd edn, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-01826-3.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.