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Tropical Forestry 1Minor
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Module code VBN4TF1VE3
Minor title Dutch Minor Tropical Forestry  1
Minor title English Minor Tropical Forestry 1
Study Programme Forest and Nature Management
Competence(s) Conducting research, level 2
Management of forest and nature, level 2
Project and process management. Level 2
Entrepreneurship level 2
Design of plans level 2
Communication level 2
Educational Goals Course: Tropical Livelihoods
Making plans:
  • student is able to explain and analyse the natural and socio-economic conditions of farmers operating in developing countries, and its implications for development options;
  • student is able to apply tools to analyse the livelihoods of rural populations;
  • student is able to identify development strategies and interventions;
  • student is able to make informed decisions about sustainable land management based on a thorough understanding of tropical crops, tropical soils, agroforestry, and soil and water conservation;
  • student is able to design rural land use plans, using multi-criteria analysis.
 
Management:
  • student is able to design an economic and ecological sustainable farm management plan;
  • student is able to apply and select appropriate agroforestry systems;
  • student is able to indicate preferable tree characteristics for different agroforestry practices;
  • student is able to identify management options for controlling competition in agroforestry systems;
  • student is able to indicate sustainable soil management measures;
  • student is familiar with the construction of low input soil conservation tools.
 
Sustainable Plantation Forestry
 
Entrepreneurship
  • student is able to apply the concept of social, ecological and economic sustainability in the design of a commercial forest plantation;
  • student is able to define operational requirements and objectives for sustainable plantation management that allow decision making about measures to be implemented
  • student is able to calculate timber yields of a commercial forest plantation
  • student is able to define management options to optimise the provisioning of ecosystem goods and services of planted forests
  • student is able to conduct cost-benefit analyses and economic calculations (e.g. IRR) of planted forests, and substantiate ideas and decisions based on financial arguments;
  • student is able to present the results of a financial investment analysis according to provided guidelines.
 
Management of forest and nature
  • student is able to explain the role of forests in climate change mitigation and -adaptations strategies
  • student is able to develop management plans for commercially viable and sustainable forest plantations (including tree nurseries)
  • student is able to prepare a sustainable plantation management plan using a multi-disciplinary approach and including a site assessment
Design of plans
  • student is able to collect for a specific area relevant information and reference data and use this to prepare an area description
  • student is able to formulate an original vision in line with the requirements and objectives defined
  • student is able to define clear and explicit objectives and requirements (financial, ecological, social) for establishing a sustainable forest plantation
  • student is able to identify measures in line with the requirements and objectives defined, and indicate financial consequences of implementation of these measures.
Project- and process management:
  • student is able to co-operate in a constructive and efficient way in a small project group.
  • student is able to provide and request professional feedback to improve personal and group’s functioning
  • student is able to account for group processes, including one’s own role and that of other group members, and for the final results reported
 
Research Methods
Conducting research:
  • student is able to describe the different phases in research;
  • student is able to explain the requirements of sound research;
  • student is able to characterize different ecological and social research methods;
  • student is able to select appropriate research methods;
  • student is able to conduct literature research;
  • student is able to select and apply different methods of statistical analysis;
  • student is able to process and analyse data using relational databases and statistical software.
 
Communication in English:
  • student is able to read and comprehend in detail complex and lengthy texts at C1 level;
  • student is able to write and process texts at C1 level using different styles appropriate to the reader;
  • student is able to expand and support points of view using relevant examples;
  • student is able to use grammar with a high degree of accuracy at C1 level;
  • student is able to use a broad range of subject specific and general professional vocabulary at C1 level
 
Field research project
Project- and process management
  • student is able to prepare a research proposal under supervision
Conducting research
  • student is able to conduct field research in an international setting
  • student is able to define research objectives and hypothesis
  • student is able to select adequate research methods
  • student is able to design and apply sophisticated research protocols
  • student is able to collect reliable research data
  • student is able to analyze research outcomes
  • student is able to discuss research outcomes
  • student is able to draw valid conclusions
 
Communication
  • student is able to report and present findings in an academic way
Content/subject The minor is a specialization in the second year, from the major International Forest and Nature Management. Focus is not only on ecology, field research and analysis, but also on the social and economic impact of forest management. The main themes are tropical livelihoods and sustainable plantation forestry. You’ll also learn about different research methods and how to define research questions, select research methods and apply statistics.
In the module ‘Tropical livelihoods’ you’ll explore the livelihoods of the small scale farmers in developing countries. The different ways they manage their farms, bearing in mind things like the characteristics of the soils, growth requirements of crops, management of trees and the measures farmers take to control erosion. We will also look into the social economic and political environment in which farmers operate to sustain their livelihoods.
In the module ’Sustainable plantation forestry’ lectures are given for example in forest ecology, ecosystem goods and services, basic of woods and forest investment analysis. You will use the obtained knowledge to elaborate a plan,  in student groups, for the establishment and management of a forest plantation. This plan should be ecologically, economically and socially sustainable. Excursions are scheduled as well.
In this minor you will also learn different research methods with special attention to ecological and social research. You’ll develop a proposal, conduct the actual field research and analyse the outcomes of the research. The project area involved is situated in a challenging international environment (presumably Portugal). Next to ecological research the inclusion of social research is mandatory. You’ll  use spatial data to develop field maps and present research outcomes (GIS). Peer review is an important aspect of different phases of the research (proposal writing and presentation of research findings).

 
Target audience* Students who are interested to increase their understanding of the role of tropical forests and forest landscapes for different stakeholders.
Students who are interested in making well informed decisions on management of tropical natural resources, based on knowledge and understanding of tropical livelihoods, tropical soils and crops, conservation methods, agroforestry and tropical forest ecology.
Students who are interested in climate change and the role of forests in mitigation and adaptation of the effects of climate change
Added Value* Students learn how to combine different data (ecological, economic and social data) into a plan for managing natural resources and tropical forest plantations. They’ll also get experience in applying different field research methods.
Teaching method(s) and study load There are 4 module-blocks covering in total 840 hours of teaching
  1. Tropical livelihoods (TL): Lectures 50 hours; Case studies (group work) 60 hours; Practicals & excursions 46 hours: Self-study 40 hours;
  2. Sustainable Plantations Forestry (SPF): Lectures 60 hours; Case studies (group work: 70 hours; Practicals 22 hours; Self-study: 44 hours
  3. Research Methods: Lectures 50 hours; Computer practical 30 hours; group work 55 hours; self-study 86 hours;
  4. Field research project:  lectures 20 hours; group meetings 20 hours; group work: 30 hours; field work: 70 hours, practical training 16 hours; self-study 30 hours
Rating scale Numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass).
Exams / Tests / Essays Tropical Livelihoods
  • TL Competence assessment is an oral assessment, consisting of an individual interview of 20 minutes. The assessment is based on the case reports: students will be questioned about his or her integral knowledge on the content of the reports; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
  • TL Theory AF & SWC : this assessment  is a written theoretical exam covering the topics “Agroforestry” and “Soil and Water Conservation”. The exam exists of both multiple-choice questions as open questions; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
  • TL Theory PSWR & RD: the written theoretical exam covers the “Plant, Water and Soil Relations” and “Rural Development”. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions and open questions; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Sustainable Plantation Forestry
  • SPF Theory 1-FEM  (Forest Ecology and Management): written exam, individual; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
  • SPF Theory 2-EGS & FIA . Covers the topics: Ecosystem Goods and Services of planted forests, Basics of wood and  Forest investment analysis: written exam, individual; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 passed)
  • SPF-portfolio of several assignment including Forest Plantation Plan report. numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 passed)
Research methods
  • Research methods: written exam, individual; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
  • Database processing and analysis: computer exam, individual; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
  • English 3: computer exam, individual; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
Field research project
  • Research Portfolio: evaluation of products, group; O/V
  • Research article: written exam, individual; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass)
  • Foreign language: Spanish level 1 (written exam, individual; numeral 1 -10 (0,1 Int - 5,5 pass) or Research Assignment, Individual
Literature and other necessities​
  1. Jaboury Ghazoul and Douglas Sheil, Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation, Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 9780199285884;  € 61,95
  2. Bauhus, van der Meer & Kanninen (2010) Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantation Forests. Earthscan.
Minor coordinator Anko Stilma (anko.stilma@hvhl.nl)
Contact person for additional information​* Anko Stilma (anko.stilma@hvhl.nl)
Language of tuition​ English
Study points (credits)​ 30 EC
Form of instruction​* Fulltime
Available in the following study terms:​ Term 3 en 4
Start application*  
Deadline application*  
   
Obligatory contact hours​*  
Admission conditions for VHL students​ All modules of the propedeutical exam are passed
Admission conditions for external students* At least 120 credits obtained in previous bachelor programs;  Intake meeting and Acceptance of earlier obtained competences
Application documents​* CV and prove of obtained credits in earlier education at bachelor level
Maximum No. of participants / Waiting list​ No
  In order to be allowed to follow a minor a student needs official permission from the examination board of the relevant study program. For a number of study programmes (or majors) the minor has been approved in advance by the  examination board; these study programmes (or majors) are listed below. In those cases students do not need to ask permission from the examination board to follow the minor.
VoertaalEngels
Startmoment
31-01-2022
Contactpersoon AA Stilma (tel: 0263695609, email: anko.stilma@hvhl.nl)
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
WachtlijstNee
VoorinschrijvingNee
FaculteitAlgemeen
Examenprogramma
Minor Tropical Forestry 1 2021
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