OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Enhances students' understanding of historical, social, cultural, economic, personal and environmental issues related to the timber industry. The design and manufacture of timber products is considered. This unit extends students' skills and methods for joinery, construction and finishing of timber products and their understanding of the use and maintenance of tools and machinery.

Unit content

  1. Historical developments in the timber industry and their impact on manufacturing processes, materials and work practices. 
  2. Past and present impact of the timber products and furniture industries on the economy, society and the environment. 
  3. Structural, technical, environmental and sociological considerations related to the timber industry. 
  4. Personnel issues and occupational health and safety issues related to the timber industry. 
  5. New and emerging technologies in the timber industry and their impact on the way manufactured products are made and used. 
  6. The principals and practice of design and production/manufacture in the timber products and furniture industry including prototyping, modelling and testing. 
  7. Advanced contemporary skills and methods for joinery, construction and finishing of timber products. 
  8. Use and maintenance of tools and machinery used in the manufacture of timber products. 
  9. Project management (including WHS issues) and communication skills and their application to the production and documentation of a complex, high quality timber product

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (3 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (10 week)
Workshop on-site 7 hours (5 days)
Timber-related industry study40%
Practice of design and production60%

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Fee information


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