FORE610-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Research Methods

15 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


The nature of the scientific method, planning research, defining objectives, writing proposals and workplaces, experimental design and analysis, statistical procedures using R, making inferences from analyses, drawing conclusions, scientific report writing.

This course is designed to assist students in planning research projects and in designing and analyzing appropriate experiments.

The course is offered in both 1st and 2nd Semesters.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge
    Students will:
  • know the biological and chemical processes giving rise to the properties of wood.
  • have an advanced understanding the key factors determining wood properties in young trees.
  • be familiar with the timber quality of the internationally most common plantation forest species.

    Students will:
  • be able to relate wood properties to the wood quality required by the wood processing industry.
  • be able to take advantage of the opportunities (and be aware of the challenges) caused by the enormous variability of wood properties.

    Students will:
  • get practical experience in assessing wood properties and draw conclusions from the analysis of the data.
  • research and review current scientific and technical knowledge.
  • present specialised scientific and technical topics in seminar and written formats.


Subject to approval by the Head of School

Timetable Note

The course is delivered via a mixture of online material on Learn and additional seminars notified as required. The seminars will cover the Philosophy of Science and Library resource skills modules.


Euan Mason


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research Project Work Plan 30%
Oral Presentation 15%
Philosophy of Science Essay 15%
Statistics Assignments 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

* 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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