ARBO601 – Advanced Tree Biology and Mechanics

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Module code
Module title
Advanced Tree Biology and Mechanics
The aim of this module is to develop student’s knowledge in evaluating tree biomechanics, and natural growth in order to perform scientific assessment of trees.
  • SX1902
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Interpret tree mechanical and physiological processes, in relation to tree growth and manipulation
2. Analyse environmental factors and deficiency symptoms, and how these influence trees growth and production cycle.
? Distinguishing features of gymnosperms and angiosperms.
? The design and architectural features of trees and how their anatomy sustains growth.
? The development strategies of trees and how they co-ordinate their life cycles to meet the changes in environment and energy allocations.
? Tree biomechanics, shape optimization and the ‘body language’ of trees.
? Review of basic physiological processes.
? Nutrient uptake and distribution, deficiencies and toxicities.
? Allelopathy.
? Senescence.
? Branch abscission
? Use of plant growth regulators.
? Coordination of growth in trees
? Practical applications of controlling tree growth.
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. Students need to pass all components of the portfolio with at least 50% in order to pass this module.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Project-based learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices