Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 2 hour lectures per week
Practical 6 x 3 hour practicals per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Planning and costing woodland management assignment  Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 5, 6  60%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 4, 5  40%
Supplementary Assessment Students must re-present coursework based on alternative fieldwork data  60%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Evaluate the impact of current woodland policies for a given woodland.

Outcome 2
Evaluate the opportunities and constraints of a specified site for establishing a new woodland.

Outcome 3
Prepare and recommend a detailed species plan for a specified woodland location.

Outcome 4
Evaluate the main events in a woodland/forest rotation.

Outcome 5
Evaluate the practical management options for a given woodland.

Outcome 6
Evaluate the economic costs of managing a woodland.


Forestry is the secondary system of land use within the UK, occupying some 10% of the land area. With the current encouragement of forest expansion, this module is designed to prepare students in basic woodland management understanding, underpinned by practical hands-on experience.

The module aims to provide:
  • An understanding of historical woodland character and composition to aid current management decisions.
  • The building blocks for strategic woodland planning for new woodlands and restocking existing resources.
  • A critical analysis of the practical and economic options for tree establishment and protection.
  • The technical knowledge for evaluating silvicultural systems and associated practical management techniques.
  • An understanding of the opportunities for promoting multi-purpose woodland management.

Reading List

Hart C (1995) Practical Forestry for the Agent and Surveyor Primo search Kohm K A and Franklin J F (1997) Creating a forestry for the 21st Century: the science of ecosystem management Island Press Primo search Rodwell J S (ed) (1991) British plant communications Vol. 1: Woodlands and Scrub Cambridge University Press Primo search Savill P S & Evans J (1986) Plantation Silviculture in Temperate Regions Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5