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Sustainable Forests

MajorYear: 2019

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Overview

Sustainable Forests is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

Forest landscapes and ecosystems have a massive impact on all our lives as evidenced by the 2009 bush fires in Victoria. The Sustainable Forests major looks at issues related to management of carbon, water, fire and biodiversity at landscape scales in relation to forests with a view to making them more sustainable. We study the challenges of fire management, the role of forests in climate change management, environmental policy and timber and non-timber production.

Students in this specialisation will understand: biological, economic, social and environmental factors that impact on forests; the development of forest and natural resource management enterprises both in Australia and internationally; and carbon sequestration and water resource management.

Students can expect to develop skills in forest ecosystem sciences; sustainable forest management; and the design, conduct and analysis of forestry research.

Suitable for professionals and aspiring entrants to the forest and natural resource management sectors, we will prepare you for middle and upper management positions within the forest and natural resource management and provide a pathway to further study.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

The Sustainable Forests major will prepare professionals and aspiring entrants to the forest and natural resource management sectors for management positions within the forest and natural resource management sectors by:

  • Developing knowledge, skills, understanding and competence in the area of forest ecosystem sciences;
  • Developing a thorough approach to forest sciences and sustainable forest management through an understanding of the biological, economic, social and environmental factors which shape the development of forest and natural resource management enterprises both in Australia and internationally, including climate change science and water resource management;
  • Increasing knowledge and analytical capabilities appropriate to forest and ecosystem science and related specialist disciplines;
  • Developing competence in the design, conduct and analysis of research questions and experimental work, particularly for those students interested in pursuing a research career;

Extending scholarly and critical attitudes in forest and natural resource management disciplines.

Structure

Students will be required to complete the two core subjects, plus choose three subjects from the compulsory specialisation subject list. Students must also take at least 25 points of subjects from the compulsory capstone subjects – these subjects enable students to complete an independent project related to sustainable forest management. Students must also undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Sustainable Forests major coordinator. A full list of subjects available within this specialisation can be found at http://environment.unimelb.edu.au/courses/streams/sustainable_forests

Subject Options

Core Subjects

Students must complete the following core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MULT90004 Sustainability Governance and Leadership
March
August
12.5
MULT90005 Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
March
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Specialisation Subjects

Students must complete at least three of the following compulsory specialisation subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FRST90015 Landscape Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90020
FRST90022 Ecosystem Processes of Water and Soil
February
12.5
FRST90026
FRST90032 Forests, Carbon and Climate Change
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Capstone Experience Subject

Students must complete the following Capstone Subject:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FRST90035

Elective Subjects

plus undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The recommended list of electives includes:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
FRST90019
FRST90034 Ecological Restoration
September
12.5
ABPL90009
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
BIOL90002 Biometry
July
12.5
BOTA90005 Flora of Victoria
Summer Term
12.5
ECON90016 Environmental Economics and Strategy
Semester 1
12.5
EDUC90006 Environmental Education
March
12.5
ENST70001
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
EVSC90020 Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90030 Forests in the Asia Pacific Region
November
12.5
FRST90031
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
HPSC90010 Environment and Knowledge
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS70068 Environmental Law
September
12.5
ENST90024
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90026
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST70002
ENST90019 Consumerism and the Growth Economy
Semester 2
12.5
GEOL90005 Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry
Semester 1
12.5
CVEN90019 Sustainable Water Resources Systems
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90025 Patterns and Processes of Landscape Fire
February
12.5

Notes

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Last updated: 3 April 2019