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Managing Urban Trees (HORT90042)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeHORT90042
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject aims to provide students with the tools to critically evaluate methods used to manage trees in the urban forest. The content will include critically evaluating tree assessment, evaluation and tree protection methods. It will include the study of planning and management issues and the role of community participation in urban forest management. It includes examples of methods used to map and survey trees in the urban forest. The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six day intensive workshop, followed by a 10 week period of on-line tutorials and assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate tree risk, tree vitality and related issues with reference to relevant methods
  • discuss various ecosystem services trees provide for the urban forest
  • develop a range of management strategies for trees in the urban environment
  • analyse a topic and present a seminar on an area of arboricultural interest
  • communicate tree management plans to relevant stakeholders
  • critically evaluate research relevant to the management of urban trees

Generic skills

Though participation in all class activities and completion of assessment students should acquire skills in:

  • Technical and discipline areas; for example, through participation in class activities and seminar discussion
  • Investigation and analysis; for example, through the development of a tree management plan
  • Critical thinking and problem solving; for example, through the development of a tree management plan
  • Time and organisational management with the successful scheduling of assessment
  • Oral presentation skills through their seminar presentation

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Seminar presentation (15 minutes) - 20%
  • Short tests/examinations (3 x 30 minutes duration) - 30%
  • Arboricultural report (4000 words in length) - 50% (draft 10%, final 40%)

Dates & times

  • July
    Principal coordinatorDenise Johnstone
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Burnley
    Contact hours42 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
    Teaching period 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018
    Last self-enrol date10 July 2018
    Census date27 July 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 7 September 2018
    Assessment period ends 9 October 2018

Time commitment details

In addition to face-to-face teaching time of 42 hours, students should expect to undertake a minimum of 170 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.

Further information

Last updated: 20 October 2018