Urban Tree Management

Subject HORT20019 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 24 hours of practicals/seminars/field trips. Total: 48 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements fo this entry.

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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the care and management of trees in urban settings. The content will include tree anatomy and structure, tree growth and function, tree root systems, tree pathology and health, methods of tree assessment and evaluation, tree protection strategies, planning and management issues and case-studies (including surveys, location mapping, inventories and protection strategies) and an introduction to safe arboricultural work practices, including safe tree climbing.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the subject students should be able to:

  • appreciate the complexities of tree management for urban sites;
  • analyse and interrogate literature relating to urban tree management;
  • perform a tree risk assessment;
  • identify health problems associated with urban trees;
  • prepare a management plan for stressed trees;
  • understand tree valuation methods;
  • have a working knowledge of current arboricultural research and how it can be applied in work situations; and
  • have a basic knowledge of tree climbing techniques

Draft of major written assignment 1500 words (30%) due mid-semester, final written assignment (including draft) 3000 words (50%) and one 1 hour end of year examination worth 20%

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

  • Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees Shrubs and Vines (R W Harris, J R Clark and N P Matheny), Prentice-Hall, 2004
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

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

  • be able to evaluate and synthesise professional literature
  • solve problems relating to the diagnosis, care and management of urban trees.
Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture
Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture

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