Bachelor of Forest Science (Honours)

Course 719AA (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Creswick
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Dr Peter Ades


Dr Peter Ades, Course Coordinator, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, The University of Melbourne, Phone: +61 3 83445036. Email:

Ms Louisa King, Undergraduate Student Administration Officer, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, The University of Melbourne, Phone: +61 3 8344 6390. Email:

Course Overview:

The honours year can be undertaken at the Parkville campus or at the Creswick campus. Prior to 2005 this course was called Bachelor of Forestry (Honours).

The Bachelor of Forest Science (Honours) comprises advanced coursework and an individual research project designed to extend students' knowledge and skills in solving problems. After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared to either:

  • enter the workforce pursuing a career in forest science and related environmental management industries; or
  • pursue further research study through masters or doctor of philosophy degrees.


Students who complete this course should have acquired:

  • an understanding of the biology and diversity of forest ecosystems;
  • an understanding of Australian forest management and conservation;
  • the capacity to apply scientific knowledge to the definition, analysis and solution of problems in forestry, forest conservation, forest industry and related environmental issues;
  • an ability to design and conduct scientific enquiries;
  • essential skills in the acquisition and interpretation of forest data;
  • a capacity for the exchange, acquisition and dissemination of scientific and industry information and for technology transfer;
  • a capacity and motivation for continuing independent learning.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

719AA - Bachelor of Forest Science (Honours)

Subject Options:


Students can be located at Parkville or Creswick campuses depending on project and elective choice.


202-401 Honours Research Project (year-long) may be replaced by 202-403 Honours Research Project (mid-year entry).

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2010


202-409 Honours Research Project (year-long) may be replaced by 202-415 Honours Research Project (mid-year entry).

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Core subjects

208-411 Research Philosophies and Statistics or 207-414 Social Research Methods

plus 2 electives

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Choose from subjects listed below or approved 300-level Forest & Ecosystem Science subjects, subject to course coordinator approval.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2010
Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for consideration for entry into honours, applicants must have:

  • achieved an average of at least 65 in the third year (300-level) subjects of their Bachelor of Forest Science degree; or

  • completed an equivalent qualification to the Bachelor of Forest Science degree, this qualification being recognised by the School, at a level of academic performance equivalent to that required in the point above.

Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enroll in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Co-ordinator and Disability Liaison Unit.
Further Study:

The Melbourne School of Land and Environment offers excellent opportunites for students to pursue postgraduate studies in the fields of agricultural science, forestry, natural resource management, urban horticulture, food science, animal welfare, wood science, agribusiness, wine technolgy and viticulture, forest ecosystem science. Programs available include Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters (by coursework), Masters (by research) and Doctoral degrees.

Graduate Attributes:

Graduates will be expected to:

  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
  • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of discipline
Generic Skills:

This course encompasses particular generic skills. On completion of the course students should have:

  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the ethics of scholarship
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and and groups from industry, government and the community
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