ARBO601 – Advanced Tree Biology and Mechanics
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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.
- Directed hours
- Self directed hours
- Total learning hours
- 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.
? 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