FORE419-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Management Case Study

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Students, individually and in small groups, will make a comprehensive study of an actual management case and will produce and present a plan for the management of a specified forest or conservation area.

The Case Study is an opportunity for students to bring together the knowledge gained through forestry studies. Constraints are provided to make the Case Study as realistic as practicable. The aim is to develop analytical reasoning and test creativity and practicality using a real forestry problem. It is not a test of student's ability to gather the latest detailed bit of information.

The general objectives of the course are:

• to synthesize previous coursework and fieldwork in order to independently analyze and report on a specified forest management problem for a New Zealand client. The exercise will incorporate ecological, silvicultural, financial and market realities; and
• to successfully communicate that plan in both written form and orally to the client.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will have gained experience in:
  • Integrating and applying forestry knowledge;
  • Carrying out a consultancy in which the student analyses information and produces reports for a client;
  • Managing time and operating in a structured and systematic way; and
  • Working as part of a team.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 315
19 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 5 May
20 May - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Karl Popper 612
19 Feb - 10 Mar
18 Mar - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 5 May
20 May - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 F1 Lectorial
19 Feb - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 2 Jun
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
19 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
13 May - 19 May
Lecture F
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 A9 Lecture Theatre
20 May - 26 May
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Forestry 252 Computer Lab
20 May - 26 May

Timetable Note

The Forestry Science 4th Year field trip is closely aligned with this course and attendance on that field trip is compulsory. The location for the field trip will be notified at the commencement of the course. The dates will be pencilled in around November each year (and are expected to be in the 1st Term break), but confirmation will not be available until the commencement of the course.


Bruce Manley


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Task 1 17.5%
Task 2 17.5%
Task 3 17.5%
Task 4 17.5%
Field Trip Report 10%
Oral Presentations 15%
Group Dynamics Report 5%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,652.00

International fee $11,134.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Forestry .

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