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FY5304
MSc Special Topic - Semester One
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Michelle Pinard

Pre-requisite(s): Registered for the MSc Forestry Programme

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): None

Course Aims: To synthesize knowledge from various fields of forestry and to develop skills and confidence to define one's own learning priorities for professional development.

Main Learning Outcomes:
To more effectively review scientific papers and concepts, and to identify the salient points
To evaluate, interpret and criticise material from different sources
To articulate ideas, both in an oral and written form.

Content:
Defined by the student and member of staff acting as mentor/supervisor

There will be one 2-hour session at the start and end of the course where the class meets with the co-ordinator. The other contact time will be arranged with project supervisors within the School.

100% continuous assessment (10% concept, 20% oral presentation, 70% evidence presented by the student to indicate attainment of learning objective (usually in the form of a critical essay, a website, a seminar).

FY5305
Wood: Properties to Products
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Louise Page

Pre-requisite(s):

The aim of the course is to provide a sound understanding of the underlying principles of wood properties, and how wood is harvested and used.

Content:

- structure and properties of wood including cell structure, reaction wood and growth stress, strength properties and drying.
- timber harvesting and extraction, including reduced impact logging in the tropics
- wood uses (sawn, board, pulp and paper, wood fuel)
- forest certification.

6 week course: four 1-2 hour classes per week plus tutorials (to be arranged). Two visits to complement classwork: one to a forest harvesting site, one to a sawmill.

Continuous assessment (100%), based on 5/6 assignments.

FY5306
Biology and Ecology of Forest Health
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Stephen Woodward

Pre-requisite(s): Registered for MSc Forestry programme.

Co-requisite(s): x

Note(s): x

The goal of the course is to familiarize students with a range of abiotic and biotic agents that can cause damage in forests, with a particular emphasis on the ecological impacts of the different agents and, where appropriate, the ecology of the organisms involved. Impacts of damage-causing agents will also be considered.

The course is taught using lectures, seminars and case studies.

Assessment is through continuous assessment (100%), typically two essays and two case studies.

FY5517
Trees & the Urban Environment
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Steve Woodward

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): None

Trees and the law; trees in relation to buildings; planting trees on derelict land; urban tree surveys and reporting; trees for amenity and recreation; urban ecology; recognition of hazard trees.

Lectures

Exam (50%) and continuous assessment (50%)

FY5519
MSc Special Topic - Semester Two
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M A Pinard

Pre-requisite(s):

Course Aims: To synthesize knowledge from various fields of forestry and to develop skills and confidence to define one's own learning priorities for professional development.

Main Learning Outcomes:
To more effectively review scientific papers and concepts, and to identify the salient points
To evaluate, interpret and criticise material from different sources
To articulate ideas, both in an oral and written form.

Content:
Defined by the student and member of staff acting as mentor/supervisor

There will be one 2-hour session at the start and end of the course where the class meets with the co-ordinator. The other contact time will be arranged with project supervisors within the School.

100% continuous assessment (10% concept, 20% oral presentation, 70% evidence presented by the student to indicate attainment of learning objective (usually in the form of a critical essay, a website, a seminar).

FY5520
Forest Measurement and Monitoring
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Louise Page

Pre-requisite(s): None.

The course is designed to give an understanding of the measurement of single trees and tree crops, forecasting of yield from thinnings and clear fells, methods of inventory of forests, application of remote sensing in inventories.

4 one hour lectures per week; and 4 field trips.

Assessment is through continuous assessment (100%), typically two essays and two case studies.

FY5700
Forest Ecology and Management Field Course
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Louise Page

Pre-requisite(s): x

Co-requisite(s): x

Note(s): x

The aim of the course is to demonstrate various aspects of forest ecology and management in Great Britain.

Content:

- visits to forests in North Britain, meeting those responsible for managing the forests
- forests visited will include those in both the public and private sector
- forest management objectives discussed will be environmental, social and economic
- exercises on forest ecology and management.

One week residential field course based in Inverness or the Lake District (alternating years) to include five full day forest visits. Five tutorials will be held in Aberdeen before and after the trip.

Continuous assessment (1000%), based on 3 assignments.

FY5701
European Forests Field Course
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Louise Page

Pre-requisite(s): x

Co-requisite(s): x

Note(s): x

The aim of the course is to demonstrate the effect of differing national policies on the practice of forestry and to gain experience of forest management in southwest Germany.

Content:

- visits to forests in the Freiburg region of Germany, meeting those responsible for managing the forests and also the staff and students of the Forestry Faculty of the University of Freiburg
- forests visted will include state, community and private forests
- visits will enable students to study forests' ecology and management for environmental protection and conservation, recreation, rural development (including community woodlands) and timber production
- exercises on forest transformation.

One week field course based in Freiburg, Germany, to include five full day forest visits. Five tutorials will be held in Aberdeen before and after the trip.

Continuous assessment (100%), based on 3 assignments.

FY5802
Forest Resource Management
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Louise Page

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): None

Course Aims: To develop an understanding of different approaches to managing forest resources.

Main Learning Outcomes:
1. Be familiar with the concept of sustainable forest management
2. Understand forest management plans
3. Be familiar with the main approaches to yield control.
4. Be aware of forest management for non timber forest products.
5. Have some understanding of forest economics and be familiar with the financial criteria used in forest management.
6. Be aware of some important forest pests and diseases and how they may be managed.

Content: Historical use of forest resources, forest management planning, role of management plans, yield control, non timber forest products, forest economics and financial appraisal, forest protection (i.e. protection from the major forest pests and diseases.

6-week course: Three 2-hour classes per week sand practical sessions on Thursdays including workshops, field visits and practicals using computer programs.

Continuous Assessment (100%) based on 5-6 assignments.

FY5910
Special Topics in Forest Science
CREDIT POINTS 7.5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Andrew Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): x

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