Sustainable Forest Management

Subject FRST90021 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Creswick - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 27-Jun-2016
Teaching Period 11-Jul-2016 to 22-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 16-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jun-2016
Census Date 15-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 19-Aug-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 80
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, 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 Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Craig Nitschke


Subject Overview:

Sustainable forest management involves the integration of a wide range of economic, environmental and social values into forest planning, management and conservation. This subject presents the basis for sustainable forest management, the policy framework governing forest management, the scientific basis of landscape ecology and tools and techniques for analysis, design of management practices in forest landscapes and processes for successful development and implementation of forest management plans.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject students will have a sound understanding of:

  • Principles of forest management planning, sustainable land use and environmental management systems.
  • The policy framework for forest management, including: international conventions, national and state forest management, biodiversity and sustainability policies and codes of forest practice
  • Techniques in forest landscape management and planning, including; zoning of forest land uses; integration of multiple objectives such as biodiversity conservation, carbon, timber production and water supply; spatial modelling and analysis; management plan preparation, implementation and writing.
  • Essay 50% - 2500 words due August 23, 2015.
  • Sustainable Forest Management Plan 50% - 3000 words due September 18, 2015.
  • Practical work – conductance and completion of landscape modelling and GIS analysis of model data for management plan (not an assessment task but critical to completion of SFM Plan Assessment) due in 2nd week of course.
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:
  • I.S. Ferguson, Sustainable Forest Management
  • J. Bissonette, L. Storch, Landscape Ecology and Resource Management: Linking Theory with Practice
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: Conservation and Restoration
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) - Discipline Elective subjects
Sustainable Forests
Sustainable Forests
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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