FORE218-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Forest Biology

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

Description

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.

Pre-requisites

FORE111 and BIOL112; or
subject to approval by the Chair Board of Studies. RP: BIOL111 (BCHM111), and/or BIOL113, and/or BIOL116

Restrictions

FORE202

Recommended Preparation

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

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 121
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 446
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 121
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 443
24 May - 30 May
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab
22 Mar - 28 Mar
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 14:00 Forestry 152
22 Feb - 21 Mar

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 F1 Lectorial
29 Mar - 4 Apr

Lecturers

David Norton and Steve Pawson

Assessment

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.

Textbooks / Resources

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.

Notes

For any enquiries about the course please approach Jeanette Allen - School Coordinator.

This course has a field trip of one week in the Westport 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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,475.00

International fee $10,379.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 38

For further information see School of Forestry .

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