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Last approved: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:55:48 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:11:02 GMT

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FOR (Forestry)
574
010361
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Forest Mensuration and Modeling
Forest Measuration
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
15
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Problem Session1
Course Attribute(s)


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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
James McCarter
Teaching Associate Professor
Assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515NoLecture and problem session for one section of 15.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: ST 511 or equivalent; College Calculus preferred
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Study of mathematical functions required for quantifying the yield of timber and non-timber products. Procedures for planning, conducting, and analyzing forest inventories, use of mathematical models to estimate growth and yield of forest stands and non-timber products for management decisions.

Increasing numbers of our graduate students arrive without sufficient backgrounds in forest measurements and use of models, a critical component of forestry.  A previously developed one credit mini-course (FOR 502) was designed to address this gap, but proved to be inadequate for students seeking careers in traditional forest management when their previous educations was not forestry and applied management based.  This proposed new course is needed to provide a more comprehensive coverage of forest mensuration and use of growth models because of those are critical skills toward success at the graduate level and following career.


No

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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesHoward BondellSuggested that ST511 (or equivalent, since many of the students for this class are transfers or incoming graduate students) would be sufficient since the class only uses simple linear regression and does not get into the more advanced techniques introduced in ST 512.
Reallocation of existing resources and teaching by recently hired new faculty member will allow us to offer the course with no additional resources.

Bring forestry graduate students who do not have forestry undergraduate education to the same level as their forestry undergraduate counterparts.  Provide the foundation for understanding of growth models and their various uses in forest management and decision making involving our natural systems.


Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completing of this course students will be able to:



  • Design and execute forest sampling and summarize the inventory information collected

  • Perform regression analysis to develop a variety of relationships (volume, site, etc.) from field collected data.

  • Construct and explain volume tables.

  • Assess and construct taper equations.

  • Apply and construct site index curves.

  • Use and evaluate estimates from a variety of forest growth and yield models.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes10%Weekly or Bi-Weekly quizzes designed to gauge students doing reading assignments
Multiple exams35%Midterm (15%) and Final Exam (20%)
Homework35%Weekly Homeworks
Project20%Literature or hands on project using and evaluating growth and yields models or concepts
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Basic Statistics ReviewWeekA&B Section 2-1 to 2-16
Regression ReviewWeekA&B Section 2-18 to 2-24
Sampling Review and Simple Random SamplingWeekA&B Section 3-1 to 3-7
Systematic and Stratified Random SamplingWeekA&B Section 3-7 to 3-11
Regression Estimation and Double SamplingWeekA&B Section 3-12 to 3-14
A&B Section 3-15 to 3-18
Volume EquationsWeekA&B Section 5-1 to 5-12
A&B Section 6-1 to 6-21
A&B Section 8-1 to 8-6
Log Volume, Standing Volume, Log RulesWeekA&B Section 8-8 to 8-9
A&B Section 8-10 to 8-12
Volume and TaperWeekA&B Section 8-13 to 8-16
Site Index Tables and EquationsWeekA&B Section 15-1 to 15-10
Density & Stocking, Density Management DiagramsWeekA&B Section 15-11 to 15-16
A&B Section 15-17 to 15-20
Growth and Yield IntroductionWeekA&B Section 16-1 to 16-13
A&B Section 17-1 to 17-8
Growth and Yield: Whole Stand ModelsWeekA&B Section 17-9 to 17-11
Growth and Yield: Stand Table ProjectionWeekA&B Section 17-14 to 17-16
Growth and Yield: Diameter Distribution ModelsWeekReview for exam
Final Exam WeekFinal Exam
mlnosbis 2/3/2016: Suggest consultation with College of Sciences (Jo-Ann Cohen).

ghodge 2/8/2016 Ask College of Science if they could comment on the calc/stat requirement. Comment: Student learning outcomes are not typically "Understand and ..."

jbmccart 2/10/2016: Updated learning outcomes to eliminate "Understand" and use appropriate action verbs instead. Consultation with College of Science (Jo-Ann Cohen) pending.

5/4/2016: See consultation notes above.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
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mlnosbis (Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:25:37 GMT): Rollback: Please insert consultation notes in the consultation field or in the "Additional Comments" section before approving.
jbmccart (Wed, 04 May 2016 12:27:41 GMT): Consulted with Howard Bondell. His guidance suggested that ST511 (or equivalent, since many of the students for this class are transfers or incoming graduate students) would be sufficient since the class only uses simple linear regression and does not get into the more advanced techniques introduced in ST 512.
forestry (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:50:53 GMT): FOR 574 has never been taught so there is no enrollment history. This is a new course designed to satisfy the "Measurement of Forest Resources " requirement for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters.
forestry (Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:03:01 GMT): We recently applied for accreditation for our Masters of Forestry program. Approval of accreditation requires FOR574.
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