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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate 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 rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving; respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.CreativityLifelong learningCommunication and social skills
3evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability and demonstrate well developed reasoning based upon principles of social justice and professional standards.CreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4demonstrate 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 rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning; critically and objectively reflect on practice, and adapt to change; demonstrate information literacy skills. Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
6present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts; collaborate effectively on personal, scholarly, and professional terms.CreativityCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
7demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.CreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  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.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving; respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: 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.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: 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.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: 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.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: 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.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and their environment.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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