Managing Trees in Urban Landscapes

Subject HORT90007 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

June, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Teaching dates are as follows: 29 June - 2 July and 21 July – 23 July, 9-5 every day.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours comprising lectures (24 hours), tutorials and field trips (24 hours).
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours


Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is the University policy to take all steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a students participation in the university’s programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to laboratory activities and field trips. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Denise Johnstone


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles that underpin the assessment and management of trees in urban landscape settings. Students will study the methods used to manage trees in different urban settings such as construction sites and parklands; evaluate and compare methods of tree assessment and tree valuation; compare methods for calculating tree protection zones; diagnose tree health problems and assess tree vitality in urban trees; evaluate and compare methods for the detection of decay in trees and structural defects in trees.


On completion of this subject, students will gain an appreciation of the complexities of tree management for urban sites and be able to demonstrate their understanding of tree assessment, tree valuation methods and a range of tree health problems and their management.

Assessment: A written assignment of 6000 words (50%), a 15 minute seminar presentation (20%) and two practical reports - 2000 words (20%) and 1000 words (10%) respectively.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: R W Harris, J R Clark and N P Matheny, Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees Shrubs and Vines. Prentice Hall, 2004.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

This course encompasses particular generic skills. On completion of the course students should be able to:

  • evaluate and synthesise relevant research and professional literature;
  • conduct and report on research based on field and/or laboratory investigation; and
  • solve problems relating to the diagnosis, care and management of urban trees.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Urban Horticulture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Bachelor of Environments (Honours) Landscape Management
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

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