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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Requires students to consider a complex forest operations scheduling problem and to design a solution that optimises production, costs and safety, using simulation software.

Unit content

Describing complex problems as materials and flows
Introduction to simulation/optimisation software (SIMILE) and computer programming
Data collection and model building
Decision support under changing inputs to complex problems

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 a capacity to understand and elucidate a complex problem Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate skills in describing a complex problem as a computer based simulation model Knowledge of a discipline
3 demonstrate a capacity to use a model to manage decisions under changing operational environment Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate a capacity to understand and elucidate a complex problem
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate skills in describing a complex problem as a computer based simulation model
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate a capacity to use a model to manage decisions under changing operational environment
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills