AP2A26-Forestry and Woodlands

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Martin Lukac

Email: m.lukac@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to provide an overall understanding of the role of forests and woodlands in the rural sector and of how they can be managed and created to meet environmental, aesthetic, recreational and commercial objectives. It also aims to develop understanding of temperate, boreal and tropical forest and plantation management for sustainability and the potential of novel forestry and agroforestry systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
• Explain the role of forests and woodlands as commercial enterprises, and as aesthetic, recreational and environmental resources in the rural sector
• Outline the nature and influence of government policy on forestry and woodlands in the UK
• Describe and explain the main considerations in the design, planning and management of forests/woodlands
• Develop initial plans for the planting and management of new woodlands for multi-purpose goals
• Identify and outline the nature and potential of the main novel forms of forestry and agroforestry currently being developed
• Describe how natural regeneration and its management influences the composition of forests
• Outline the role of plantation forestry and research conducted on its sustainability

Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their research and problem solving skills through the development of a woodland plan.

Outline content:
This module is designed to develop an understanding of the global role and the management of woodlands and forests. Theory and practical application of woodland design are explained, as well as socioeconomic implications of forestry policies.

The Lecture Content covers:

• Forestry and woodland in the UK, their historical development, main types, factors influencing them, the role of policy
• Forest ecology and climate change
• Creating new woodlands and forests - planning for different objectives/uses
• Species selection and options, planting materials and protection
• Silvicultural practice
• Management of existing small woodlands for multi-purpose use
• Plantation forestry in the tropics and its sustainability
• Novel systems of forestry and agroforestry

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will normally be two 50 minute lectures per week. Students will also visit the site for a proposed woodland as part of the project.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Fieldwork 4
Guided independent study 78
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Project output other than dissertation 50

Other information on summative assessment:

1. A project for a local woodland to be completed this term (50%) 2. A 1 hour exam in the summer term (50%)


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One-hour examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September only.

    Last updated: 3 August 2017

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