Tree Identification and Selection

Subject HORT90043 (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:

September, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 28-Sep-2015 to 03-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 24-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Sep-2015
Census Date 16-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Nov-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 Liz Denman


Academic Support Officer - Vicki Mimis
Phone: (03) 9035 6842

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the tree selection and tree identification principles. Students should be able to recognise trees commonly used in landscape horticulture and correctly write their botanical, common and family names and describe tree form and tolerances. They should be able to write plant names in accordance with the ICN (International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants) and the ICNCP (International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants). 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:

  • apply family characteristics to identify a wide range of trees;
  • analyse the tolerances and cultural conditions of a wide range of trees, to assist in tree selection and establishment;
  • discuss the use trees in the landscape.
  • analyse different sites for tree selection and establishment.
  • One short test during the intensive delivery (10%) - 45 mins
  • One test at the end of the intensive delivery (20%) - 90 mins
  • Post-intensive written assignment (25%) due 3 weeks after the intensive delivery - 1000 words
  • Post-intensive written assignment (45%) due 7 weeks after the intensive delivery - 2000 words
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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 their study of tree families
  • Investigation and analysis; for example through their analysis of sites for tree selection and establishment
  • Critical thinking and problem solving; for example through their selection of trees for difficult urban sites
  • Time and organisational management; with the successful scheduling of assessment
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture

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