Managing Urban Trees

Subject HORT90042 (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:

July, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 13-Jul-2015 to 18-Jul-2015
Assessment Period End 13-Oct-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 11-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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 170 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture (GC-ARBCULT). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

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

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Denise Johnstone


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Program Coordinator - Julie Mattingley

Phone - (03) 9810 3248

Email -

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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% (draft 10%, final 40%)
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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