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Course summary

Our forests are the lungs of the Earth. They are also an invaluable resource for industry and society. The size of Australia's plantation estate is twice what it was a decade ago, requiring large areas of native forest to be under management - not just for wood, but also for biodiversity conservation, catchment protection, fire management, carbon storage and other purposes.

This degree takes your foundational scientific skills up several notches, preparing you with the knowledge to consider and address resource management across agribusiness and native forests.

As you explore forest biodiversity, conservation, plantation management, catchment protection, agribusiness and native forestry, this breadth of study will prepare you for a career in a vital and varied industry.

Graduates can consider options in park management, land rehabilitation, plantation forestry and other areas of forest work. This degree is also a pathway to further study in the Master of Forest Science and Management.



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The course provides targeted forest science and management education and training. It includes studies in natural resource management, measuring trees and forests, fire ecology and management, plant physiology and ecology, wood science, forest operations, silviculture, forest health and pest management. You will undertake fieldwork in eucalypt forests, rainforests, plantation forests and on farms. 

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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Ethical practice

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Knowledge of a discipline

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Lifelong learning

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Communication and social skills

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Cultural competence

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Assessment varies for each unit. It generally comprises a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.

The majority of coursework units involve a lecture (two hours) and a laboratory session or tutorial (two-three hours) per week, for on-campus students. For units that are delivered online, students are typically provided with a study guide, together with readings from relevant text books and journals.

Some units may be offered as intensive short courses to enable participation by professional foresters and may include formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips for hands-on experience to put theory into practice.

The Graduate Diploma of Forest Science and Management is suited to graduates with a background in general or environmental sciences who wish to further careers in forest management. The course opens up a range of career opportunities in forest work. Graduates are suited to employment in government forest services, fire fighting, land use and parks management, mine site rehabilitation or restoration forestry.

Eligible graduates can complete further study to attain the Master of Forest Science and Management.

Graduates of this degree are eligible for associate membership with the Institute of Foresters of Australia.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'