Managing Urban Trees

Subject HORT90042 (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, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 11-Jul-2016 to 16-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 11-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 12-Jul-2016
Census Date 29-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Sep-2016

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.

Prerequisites: None
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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


Dr Denise Johnstone


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

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide students with the tools to critically evaluate methods used to manage trees in the urban forest. The content will include critically evaluating tree assessment, evaluation and tree protection methods. It will include the study of planning and management issues and the role of community participation in urban forest management. It includes examples of methods used to map and survey trees in the urban forest. The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six day intensive workshop, followed by a 10 week period of on-line tutorials and assessment.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate tree risk, tree vitality and related issues with reference to relevant methods
  • discuss various ecosystem services trees provide for the urban forest
  • develop a range of management strategies for trees in the urban environment
  • analyse a topic and present a seminar on an area of arboricultural interest
  • communicate tree management plans to relevant stakeholders
  • critically evaluate research relevant to the management of urban trees
  • 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
Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Urban Horticulture

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