Develops the skills needed to estimate the sustainable harvest from a forest or other natural resource, to use simulation modelling in a decision support framework, in the context of forest management and environmental planning. Students will complete the design and implementation of a simulation model as part of major assignment that will prepare them for oversight of environmental management projects.
- Context of modelling and prediction in management planning.
- Interplay between people, institutions, plans and models in resource management.
- Modelling approaches, languages and tools.
- Introduction to the Visual Modelling Environment, Simile.
- Basic concepts of modelling in system dynamics approaches.
- Individual-based modelling.
- Population-based modelling.
- Advanced modelling techniques.
- Testing and presenting models.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Understand the role of simulation modelling in forest management and environmental planning||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||Identify forest and environmental issues that simulation modelling can help to resolve||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||Design and implement a suitable modelling approach for a specified environmental context||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||Gather and synthesise relevant information and calibrate a model for a practical application||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||Complete simulations, document outcomes, and present & discuss findings||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|6||Identify model limitations and define research needed to strengthen model||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
Study Period 5
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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