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Course Overview

The sessions are tutorial based that allow critical discussions on topical issues related to forestry and forest science.

Two of the topics for discussion are chosen by you and there is the opportunity lead the group.

Three assignments are required including the preparation of a newspaper article and a special topic in a subject of your choice.

The discussions allow you to listen to alternative points of view, to develop reasoned arguments and to communicate your ideas in a coherent and concise way.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Cameron

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of FY3301 Silviculture (Passed) or FY3304 Silviculture (Passed) or FY3305 Wood: Properties to Products (Passed) or FY3514 Forest Measurement and Monitoring (Passed) or FY3804 Forest Resource Management (Passed)
  • One of BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Plant & Soil Science Erasmus (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Zoology Erasmus (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Agriculture and Forestry Erasmus (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Forestry Iss (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science First Half-Session (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science Full Year (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science Eu (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course deals with current topical issues in forestry at both national and international levels to gain a wider understanding of the interactions of commercial forestry and the natural environment. These issues are likely to change from year to year. Examples of topics include the impact of climate change on the world’s forests, use of forests to mitigate catastrophic flooding, global production and use of timber, and the importance of forest certification. Students are encouraged to evaluate, interpret and criticise material from a variety of sources and to articulate ideas in both oral and written form.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 31-35, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 9-11.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination. (50%) Continuous assessment: one newspaper article (10%), one assignment on forest certification (15%) and one Special Topic (25%).

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during discussions, presentations and tutorials.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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