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Conserving and Managing Native Forests (FRST90078)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeFRST90078
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Native forests are globally important natural resources. Their conservation and management is critical to local and regional populations for the biodiversity that they harbour and the ecosystem services that they provide. This subject will explore the conservation and management of native forests around the world.

We will cover the principles of forest dynamics and sustainable forest management for a range of objectives, including wildlife habitat, water yield, carbon sequestration, and timber production. The subject will integrate ecological, environmental, economic, and social perspectives on the conservation and management of native forests through lectures, forest modeling exercises, and a week-long field trip to the Central Highlands of Victoria.

Intended learning outcomes

  • The dynamics and growth of forests and different stages of stand development.
  • The design of silvicultural pathways for specific forest management objectives.
  • Principles of forest management planning, sustainable land-use and environmental management systems.
  • The policy framework for forest management, including: international conventions, national and state forest management, biodiversity and sustainability policies and codes of forest practice.
  • Techniques in forest landscape management and planning, including: integration of multiple objectives such as biodiversity conservation, carbon, timber production and water supply; spatial modelling and analysis; management plan preparation, implementation and writing.

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


Additional details

  • Peer-review essays x 3 (1500 words in total) due weeks 3, 4 and 7 (40%)
  • Field trip report (500 words) due week 10 (10%)
  • Forest management project (2500 words) due at the end of the semester (50%)

Dates & times

  • July
    Principal coordinatorsCraig Nitschke and Patrick Baker
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hrs of lectures per week, 3 hrs of prac per week, 4-day field trip (8 hrs per day) - one week prior to the start of Semester
    Pre teaching requirements4-day field trip (8 hrs per day) - one week prior to the start of Semester
    Teaching period22 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date16 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail20 September 2019
    Assessment period ends27 October 2019

Time commitment details

170 hour

Additional delivery details

Students maybe asked to contribute to, travel, and food expenses while in the field.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Incidental costs

    Additional costs for the Field Trip will be advised prior to the start of the subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 9 November 2018