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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 15:47

Course Overview

Lectures and practical sessions provide an integrated learning experience that will provide you with core competencies that are essential for professional accreditation in forestry.

Through practical sessions in a local forest you will develop forest measurement skills; in computer-based sessions you will learn to process, analyse and interpret field data.

Visits to an active harvesting site and a local sawmill allow you to experience these operations first hand and benefit from discussions with professionals at these sites.

Coursework requires you to write professional style reports such as those used in the forestry sector and present a topic chosen by you.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • BI1511 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed)
  • Either BI25P3 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Passed) or BI25P4 Plants, People, and the Environment (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EV5301 Timber Harvesting and Measurement (Passed)
  • FY3305 Wood: Properties to Products (Studied)
  • FY3514 Forest Measurement and Monitoring (Studied)
  • FY3804 Forest Resource Management (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course looks at wood as a natural resource: how it's measured, harvested and used. Students will learn how timber volumes are measured in the field, both using standard procedures (such as those of the GB Forestry Commission) and also from first principles which is often necessary in more remote parts of the world. Students will also learn about efforts to develop techniques of sustainable timber harvesting with minimal negative environmental impacts, in both the tropic and in temperate forests, and why best practice is not always followed. Practical sessions in a local forest will enable students to develop forest measurement skills and visits to an active harvesting site and a local sawmill will enable students to experience these operations first hand and discuss them with the people in charge.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 written examination (40%) and coursework (60%).

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

  • Practical Skills Test


Students will receive individual feedback for each assessment in the form of written comments. Also, students will be given general oral feedback after the completion of learning activities.

Course Learning Outcomes


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