FORE218-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Forest Biology

30 points
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018


Systematic botany of forest trees and biology of New Zealand indigenous forest species. Principles of ecology with an emphasis on population, community and ecosystem factors affecting New Zealand’s forests. Science and management of forest pests, disease, wind, fire, biosecurity and risk.

This course provides an overview of forest biology including plant systematics, ecology and forest health, with a focus on both native and exotic forests and forest species.

Learning Outcomes

Students will have:

  • An appreciation of the relationships amongst plant species, especially trees;
  • An understanding of the biology and ecology of New Zealand’s indigenous forests and their dominant tree species;
  • An appreciation of the cultural significance of native plants and animals to Māori;
  • An understanding of forest health issues associated with New Zealand’s production and conservation forests;
  • An appreciation of the basic ecological role of invertebrates, vertebrates and fungi in indigenous and exotic forest systems;
  • The ability to identify key New Zealand native and exotic tree species and insect orders;
  • A good familiarity with the major plantation forest invertebrate pests and diseases.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


30 points from FORE111, FORE 121, BIOL111 (BCHM111), BIOL112, or BIOL113, or Subject to approval by the Chair Board of Studies. RP: BIOL111 (BCHM111), and/or BIOL113, and/or BIOL116


BIOL270, FORE202

Recommended Preparation

BIOL111 (BCHM111), and/or BIOL113, and/or BIOL116

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 19 Feb - 1 Apr
30 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Forestry 152 (22/2-29/3)
Link 309 Lecture Theatre (3/5-31/5)
19 Feb - 1 Apr
30 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 315 30 Apr - 6 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 15:00 Forestry 152 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 29 Apr

Course Coordinator

David Norton


Tara Murray


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Insect ID Test 10%
Field Trip Report 20%
Plant ID Test 10%
Mid-Term Test 30%
Mid-Year Exam 30%

There is a compulsory field trip (see General Notes below) and this provides the source of 75% of the in-term assessment for this course. If you miss the field trip without a valid reason, you may not be allowed to sit the final exam.


There is no required text for this course, but relevant references may be placed on reserve in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library for specific lectures.

Students will require the following book for the field trip:

Dawson, L. & Lucas, R. (2000). Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest. Random House, Auckland (available from UBS for $45).

All other course material will be made available using Learn.


This course has a field trip of one week in the Hari Hari region - including travelling time. Firm dates are set by November of the preceding year - the field trip will always take place during the break between Terms 1 and 2. Information on the trip is handed out in class. Non-BForSc students are asked to contact the School of Forestry if they intend enrolling in this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,874.00

International fee $8,725.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Forestry.

All FORE218 Occurrences

  • FORE218-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018