Silviculture & Forest Dynamics

Subject FRST90020 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

June, Creswick - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 18-May-2015
Teaching Period 01-Jun-2015 to 12-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 20-May-2015
Census Date 05-Jun-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 10-Jul-2015

First week at the Creswick Campus, second week in the field.

Please note that this subject has a pre-teaching period and during this times students will be required to read materials provided via LMS.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures and 36 hours of practicals/field excursions/tutorials delivered through intensive teaching
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to undertake additional study of at least one hour for each hour of contact. Total Time Commitment: 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 enrol 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 Coordinator and Disability Liaison students email:


Assoc Prof Patrick Baker


Graduate School of Science


Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Assoc Prof Patrick Baker

Subject Overview:

This subject presents the science of the growth and development of trees and stands as it affects the production of different forest goods and environmental services. The subject covers the principles of forest dynamics and the practice of forest types for varying objectives, wildlife habitat, water yield and timber production.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should have an advanced understanding of:

  • The dynamics and growth of forests and different stages of stand development.
  • The effects of site, climatic and soil factors and interactions among species on forest stand development and productivity.
  • The design of silvicultural pathways for specific forest management objectives.

One major report (2500 words) 50% and a practical work book (2500 words) 50% - due 07/08/2015.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Forest Systems Management
Graduate Diploma in Forest Systems Management
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Sustainable Forests
Sustainable Forests
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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