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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

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
  • 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 textbook will be used directly by students from the first week of the teaching session so it is essential to have a copy when session starts. As the 1st edition of the book is out-of-date, you should avoid references to it. The 2nd edition of the text can be purchased 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 for this text: 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.