Forests in the Asia Pacific Region

Subject FRST90030 (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:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 02-Nov-2015
Teaching Period 16-Nov-2015 to 27-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 29-Jan-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 15-Jul-2015
Census Date 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Jan-2016

This subject is taught intensively (internationally) from 16-27 November 2015. International field tour subject.

Please note that this subject has a pre-teaching period and during this time students will be required to read 'essential readings' provided and complete first assignment of 1500 words.

There is also a post-intensive/travel period from 1/12/15 - 26/01/16 to complete the main assignment of 3000 words.

An enrolment quota of 28 students applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the Science Student Centre website:

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 10 hours lectures and 70 hours of tutorials and field exercises, during two-week intensive international field tour. Additional reading and study before and after the field tour.
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:


Prof Rodney Keenan


Graduate School of Science


Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Professor Rod Keenan

Subject Overview:

The Asia Pacific region is of crucial importance to Australia and to the future management of global forest resources. The region has over half the world’s population and countries with the fastest growing populations and economies. This is placing increased demand on forest resources in the region and elsewhere. There are extensive spiritual and cultural associations between people and forests in this region and an extensive history of forest use and development. In this subject students experience the diversity of connections between forests and people in Laos and Vietnam to illustrate the importance of forests to local and national development, and contemporary forest policy and management challenges in the region. The program includes policy briefings and site visits to conservation and production forests, local village forests, hydropower and plantation development projects and small- and large-scale forest industries.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject students will have an advanced understanding of:

  • The forest ecosystems of the SE Asia and their role in human development
  • Forest management and governance systems for different parts of the Asia Pacific region
  • Current issues and future trends in forest policy and management in the Region

Pre-tour reading assignment (1500 words) 20% due 15 November 2015, field tour journal 20% due 4 December 2015, field tour group work 10%, major assignment (3000 words) 50% due 27 January 2016.

It is a hurdle requirement that students must attend the field trip.

Prescribed Texts:

Leslie, RN (ed.), The Future of Forests in the Asia Pacific: Outlook for 2020. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Bangkok.

Also available online at

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): Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development
Sustainable Forests
Sustainable Forests
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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