Managing Urban Trees

Subject HORT90042 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 42 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops
Total Time Commitment:

In addition to face-to-face teaching time of 42 hours, students should expect to undertake a minimum of 120 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the care and management of trees in the urban forest. The content will include methods of tree assessment and evaluation, tree protection strategies, planning and management issues and case-studies; including surveys, location mapping, inventories and tree protection strategies. The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six day intensive workshop.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • discuss tree risk, health and related issues with reference to relevant evaluation techniques;
  • develop a range of management strategies for trees in public open space within current legislative and planning frameworks;
  • analyse a topic and present a seminar on an area of arboricultural interest;
  • communicate tree management plans to relevant stakeholders
  • Seminar presentation (15 minutes) - 20%
  • Short tests/examinations (3 x 30 minutes duration) - 30%
  • Arboricultural report (4000 words in length) - 50%
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Though participation in all class activities and completion of assessment students should acquire skills in:

  • Technical and discipline areas; for example, through participation in class activities and seminar discussion
  • Investigation and analysis; for example, through the development of a tree management plan
  • Critical thinking and problem solving; for example, through the development of a tree management plan
  • Time and organisational management with the successful scheduling of assessment
  • Oral presentation skills through their seminar presentation
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture

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