Introduces students to major issues in combining trees with agricultural and grazing activities, with special emphasis on tropical regions. The technical biophysical and socio-economic issues in farm forestry are also considered.
The following topics will be considered, discussed or reviewed:
- The development of agroforestry in Australia and other countries
- Trees in the agricultural ecosystem, commercial plantations, wildlife corridors, and amenity plantings
- Shade tree systems (coffee, cacao), live fences, tropical home gardens, alley cropping, shelterbelts/windbreaks, silvopastoral systems, hedgerow intercropping for soil conservation
- Site evaluation; the effect of edaphic factors and climate in species selection for contrasting sites; establishment and silvicultural techniques
- Benefits and disadvantages of trees to other agricultural crops and animals; diversification of farm income producing activities
- Financial mechanisms and structural impediments; tax law; pricing and marketing; planning regulations
- Regulations impacting farm forestry
- Whole farm planning
- Agroforestry extension techniques, communication
- Selecting trees for community needs in overseas situations; tropical agroforestry
- The importance of carbon sequestration in agroforestry
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||demonstrate skills of critical thinking, analysis, and application of scientific methods in forest science and management; exercise informed judgement and make logical decisions and in relation to forest science and management.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving; respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.||Creativity||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|3||evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability and demonstrate well developed reasoning based upon principles of social justice and professional standards.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|4||demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of sustainable forest science and management; apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings; demonstrate in-depth knowledge in forest science and management.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning; critically and objectively reflect on practice, and adapt to change; demonstrate information literacy skills.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|6||present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts; collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms.||Creativity||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|7||demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)|
|Exam: closed book||25%|
|Residential session 4 days|
|Exam: closed book||25%|
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