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Forests, Carbon and Climate Change (FRST90032)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFRST90032
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will investigate the role of forests in the carbon cycle and in a changing climate. Students will learn the scientific basis for climate change and the impact that a changing climate might have on tree physiology and forest ecology. We will discuss the role forests play in the global carbon cycle and the degree to which forests or plantations can be used as a carbon sequestration option. We will evaluate the requirements for forest carbon accounting and will apply carbon accounting tools in hands-on accounting sessions with industry partners. This scientific understanding will be extended to discuss policy instruments under consideration in Australia and in the international arena for the potential role of forests in carbon emissions trading. The subject will equip students with state-of-the-art knowledge on the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems and with practical experiences in forest carbon accounting.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this subject students should:

  • Be well informed in the international and national context of climate change science as it relates to forests
  • Understand the response of forests to changing climate
  • Be well informed on the role of forests in carbon sequestration and emissions trading

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.

This course requires all students to actively and safely participate in field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.

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


Additional details

  • Short weekly quizzes which are based on material covered in prior week's lectures (10%),
  • Oral presentation (10 mins) due during semester (25%),
  • An essay (3000 words) due at the end of semester (65%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorStefan Arndt
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Burnley
    Contact hours1 X 3-hour lecture per week, and 1 X 2-hour tutorial per week. There will also be an excursion in week 4.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours.

Additional delivery details

Please note that this subject has a pre-teaching period and during this time students will be required to read the article "Man made world" by Andrew Charlton (Quarterly Essay 44, 2011).

Further information

Last updated: 16 August 2019