FORE419-24W (C) Whole Year 2024

Management Case Study

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 17 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 25 August 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 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 - Area 20%
Task 2 - Delivered Wood Cost 20%
Task 3 - Options for Expanding the Forest Estate 20%
Task 4 - Regional Wood Flows 20%
Oral Presentations 15%
Group Dynamics Report 5%

Case Study assessment is generally broken down into four group tasks (client reports), a field trip report, oral presentations and a group dynamics report.

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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