Unit description

Introduces students to project management skills and forest operations. These include road construction, runoff and erosion control, bridge design, forest management and harvesting operations, machinery design, legal matters, and budgeting.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to forest operations and goals of operations management
Topic 2: Project planning tools; managing time, money and people
Topic 3: Understanding the roles standards, codes, best practice and legislation
Topic 4: Contracts and tenders
Topic 5: Design goals; forest products, costs and impact.
Topic 6: Plantation establishment operations – site preparation and planting
Topic 7: Early age operations and tools – fertiliser, weed control
Topic 8: Later age operations – pruning and thinning
Topic 9: Harvesting in plantations and native forests
Topic 10: Compartment design; Roads, bridges, buffers and erosion

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

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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