|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 Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 5, 6||60%|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours Written examination Outcomes assessed: 1, 4, 5, 6||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Representation of assignment using alternative data||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||3 Hours Written examination||40%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Assess the impact of National forest policies in the UK on local woodland management plans.
2. Conduct a thorough site assessment and investigation for a woodland management objective.
3. Recommend a detailed species prescription based on ecological site classification criteria and for a given woodland objective.
4. Analyse the management techniques employed in selected silvicultural systems.
5. Recommend appropriate practical woodland management decisions.
6. Evaluate the economic costs of managing a woodland.
The module aims to provide:
a. An understanding of historical woodland character and composition to aid current management decisions.
b. The building blocks for strategic woodland planning for new woodlands and restocking existing resources.
c. A critical analysis of the practical and economic options for tree establishment and protection.
d. The technical knowledge for evaluating silvicultural systems and associated practical management techniques.
e. An understanding of the opportunities for promoting multi-purpose woodland management.
Fieldwork based assessment involving data collation and research. The skills will be developed through lectures and practicals on:-
Site investigation techniques
Reviewing attributes of selected tree species
Application of NVC design guidelines
Practical woodland management options
.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Information gathering for the costing of a woodland enterprise and the construction of a balance sheet for a woodland management plan.
.4 Writing in an academic context
Essay style questions in the end of semester written examination
.8 Group activity
Practical tree measurement techniques
Tree identification skills
Hart C (1994) 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