Urban Tree Management

Subject HORT20019 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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

Total Time Commitment: 170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Ms Rebecca Ramsden


Faculty of Science

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

Subject Coordinator: rebecca.ramsden@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

Complete tree assessments 10% and written assignment 1000 words (25%) due mid-semester, major written assignment 2000 words (40%) and 75 minute examination worth 25%.

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.

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 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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