FORE414-23W (C) Whole Year 2023


30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


The student will undertake an individual investigation of a subject approved by the School of Forestry and will submit a dissertation on this topic by a date specified by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.

The dissertation is an independent study of any topic within the broad disciplines of Forestry. Entry to the course is by invitation only and students enrolled are eligible for the award of Honours on the completion of the Bachelor of Forestry Science degree.

The course is predominantly an independent study with guidance from a supervisor. There are some classes in Research Methods in Semester 1, and workshops scheduled in Semester 2 where a number of supervisors will be available to help with specific analytical or other issues.

The objectives of the dissertation are to develop and apply research skills including the art and science of defining a research topic, data collection and analysis, presentation of data and results, interpretation and application of research results and to synthesize professional training and experience to date in the production of an original research paper of professional standard.

Students' ability to organize their workload and plan over a whole year, and their ability to commit to deadlines for completion of components of the work are critical to success.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn:
  • the process of planning and executing a significant independent study project;
  • some research methods techniques and principles;
  • oral and written presentation skills.


Subject to approval of the Head of School of Forestry.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 241 (20/2-6/3, 24/4-29/5)
Jack Erskine 446 (13/3-27/3)
Psychology - Sociology 251 (17/7, 31/7, 14/8, 11/9, 25/9-9/10)
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
17 Jul - 23 Jul
31 Jul - 6 Aug
14 Aug - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 17 Sep
25 Sep - 1 Oct
9 Oct - 15 Oct

Course Coordinator

Luis Apiolaza


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Workplan Presentation 10%
Poster 10%
Oral Presentation 20%
Dissertation 60%

Textbooks / Resources

Reference material:

Crawley, M.J. (2005). Statistics. An Introduction using R. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons
Jordan, P. (2010) Foundations of Excel for Engineers. Excel 2007. University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Silyn-Roberts, H. (2005). Writing for Science. A practical handbook for science, engineering and technology students (2nd ed). Pearson Education New Zealand, Auckland
Bilek, E.M., Devoe, N., O'Reilly, R. (2007). Writing and Report Guide, School of Forestry

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,328.00

International fee $10,500.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Forestry .

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