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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to major issues in forest health, to maintenance of whole ecosystems, to forest entomology and pathology, ecology and management of invasive plants, and basic tree nutrition. Also considered are broad forest health phenomena including various types of dieback for forest decline.

Unit content

The following topics will be considered, discussed or reviewed:

  • Classification of insects and concentration on orders which include the major insects impacting Australian forestry and trees in general - Biology of major pests of native forests, plantations and nurseries
  • Control techniques including chemical, silvicultural, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Chemical control protocols - method of action, application methods (ground, aerial)
  • Strategies to overcome pest threats
  • Classification of the pathogenic agents of disease (fungi, bacteria, viruses, etc.), abiotic disorders and mutualistic associations, especially those of major importance to Australian forests and trees in general - Biology of the major diseases of native forests, plantations and nurseries
  • Strategies to overcome disease threats
  • Assessment of weed problems and strategies for control
  • IPM, chemical, mechanical, silvicultural

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 Demonstrate skills of critical thinking, analysis, and application of scientific methods in forest science and management Exercise informed judgement and make logical decisions and in relation to forest science and management
2 Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges
3 Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability and demonstrate well developed reasoning based upon principles of social justice and professional standards
4 Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of sustainable forest science and management Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in forest science and management
5 Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning Critically and objectively reflect on practice, and adapt to change Demonstrate information literacy skills
6 Present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms
7 Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment

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

  1. Demonstrate skills of critical thinking, analysis, and application of scientific methods in forest science and management Exercise informed judgement and make logical decisions and in relation to forest science and management
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  2. Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  3. Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability and demonstrate well developed reasoning based upon principles of social justice and professional standards
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of sustainable forest science and management Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in forest science and management
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning Critically and objectively reflect on practice, and adapt to change Demonstrate information literacy skills
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. Present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts Collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  7. Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

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