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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides an introduction to the skills needed to estimate the sustainable harvest from a forest, and to use simulation modelling in a decision support framework, in the context of forest management planning and environmental management. Students will complete a simulation model as part of major assignment that will prepare them for oversight of forest yield regulation projects.

Unit content

1. Context of modelling and prediction in management planning.

2. Interplay between people, institutions, plans and models in resource management.

3. Modelling approaches, languages and tools.

4. Introduction to the Visual Modelling Environment, Simile.

5. Basic concepts of modelling in system dynamics approaches.

6. Individual-based modelling.

7. Population-based modelling.

8. Advanced modelling techniques.

9. Testing and presenting models

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 Identify forest and environmental issues that simulation modelling can help to resolve Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
2 Plan and implement a suitable modelling approach Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 Gather and synthesise relevant information and data Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 Complete simulations and present findings Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
5 Identify further research needs Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

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

  1. Identify forest and environmental issues that simulation modelling can help to resolve
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. Plan and implement a suitable modelling approach
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. Gather and synthesise relevant information and data
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. Complete simulations and present findings
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. Identify further research needs
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.