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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to major issues in combining trees with agricultural and grazing activities, with special emphasis on tropical regions. The technical biophysical and socio-economic issues in farm forestry are also considered.

Unit content

The following topics will be considered, discussed or reviewed:

  • The development of agroforestry in Australia and other countries
  • Trees in the agricultural ecosystem, commercial plantations, wildlife corridors, and amenity plantings
  • Shade tree systems (coffee, cacao), live fences, tropical home gardens, alley cropping, shelterbelts/windbreaks, silvopastoral systems, hedgerow intercropping for soil conservation
  • Site evaluation; the effect of edaphic factors and climate in species selection for contrasting sites; establishment and silvicultural techniques
  • Benefits and disadvantages of trees to other agricultural crops and animals; diversification of farm income producing activities
  • Financial mechanisms and structural impediments; tax law; pricing and marketing; planning regulations
  • Regulations impacting farm forestry
  • Whole farm planning
  • Agroforestry extension techniques, communication
  • Selecting trees for community needs in overseas situations; tropical agroforestry
  • The importance of carbon sequestration in agroforestry

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: