Diploma of Tropical Forestry

Admission Requirements


The minimum entry requirement for the Diploma of Tropical Forestry is the successful completion of Forms 6 or 7 Science (Biology) with very good grades in English and Maths or a holder of Certificate in Tropical Forestry and Certificate in Plantation Forestry with a B grade average or the successful completion of form 5 in Science Biology with 3 years of work experience.

Course Overview


The programme aims to equip diploma students with scientific knowledge and management skills in the forest industries and the wider community in areas as diverse as forest management, wildlife, biodiversity, environment and conservation aspects, wood technology and utilization, information technology, forest engineering, harvesting operations, contract management, log product logistics, supply chain management, development of small forestry projects and management competence in a variety of forestry enterprises, produce qualified foresters for the management level as managers, commercial and financial analysis and make contribution to applied research in the forestry sector.

Course Structure


Duration: 2 years
Core Units: 21 Units
Total Credit Points: 240
Campus: Kukum

Unit CodeUnit TitlePre requisiteSemester OfferedCredit Points
YEAR 1
FR511Communication & Study Skills NIL110
The unit introduces the students to applied communication skills which covers the following instructional areas: competence in technical English, prepares students for the demands and expectations of their careers in the skills of correspondences & forestry report writing, annual reports, progressive activities and inform management of remedies, forecasting through reporting, reflect on the learning and progress, strengths and weakness in communications, lectures, listening and taking notes, interviewing skills, media production and counselling, leading discussions, action plans and lists, draw up resources of will power, self-reliance and self-discipline, Interact and develop ability in discussion and other group work, express thoughts, feeling and opinions in a clear, precise and appropriate way, and interpretation and explanation of technical material including graphs, tables and diagrams, presentation & public relations skills, writing and simplifying scientific research and prepare speeches.
FR512Forestry Mathematics & Computing SkillsNIL110
The unit introduces the students to basic mathematics and computing skills which covers the following instructional areas: basic statistics, the concept and background to commonly used forestry parameters such as conversion factors used to convert log volume from one system of measurements to another, the basic of diameter breast height, basal area, metric system conversion, mixing of chemicals and water per hectare quantities and per-hectare costs, trigonometric functions for tree height calculation and slope distance calculation, number of trees per plot calculation, scatter-grams and linear regression calculation and interpolate and extrapolate unknown values, population random sampling techniques, interpretation of sample data and confidence sample for population estimates.
FR513Forest Botany & DendrologyNIL110
The unit introduces the students in forest botany and dendrology on the basic knowledge which covers the following instructional areas: identification of the physiology of plants; describe the growth requirements of plants, and the reproduction system of angiosperms and gymnosperms; outline the process of plant propagation in commercial forestry; use the taxonomy system for plants; provide the skills needed to identify common plant species in the forest, especially plants which are of economic and ecological importance, outline plant species important to Solomon Islands forestry; and explain the beneficial symbiotic relationships utilized in forestry, focusing on the taxonomy and identification of forest species, and ecological important tree species of Solomon
FR514Forest Survey & MappingNIL115
The unit introduces the students in forest survey and mapping on the basic knowledge on surveying forests and mapping which covers the following instructional areas: provide the data for planning and maps to be drawn that are essential tools for foresters, train students to prepare and interpret maps of forest types and locations, soil types, road networks, water resources, settlements, land tenure and topography, practical skills and translation of maps and plans to ground surfaces, use and interpretation of aerial photographs, and satellite imageries, compare maps, plans, and produce a survey plots and describe developments in surveying for commercial forestry and land uses, calculate of horizontal and slope distance, correction for error, precision and accuracy, drafting plans from survey data, the knowledge and skills on surveying, basic of practically handling of GPS, mapping and demarcation of forest areas for preparation of plan, management, protection and utilization of forests and the applications of GIS and providing them with basic skills of producing digital maps to locate resources and analysing simple land use changes.
FR515Forest Economics & Marketing NIL110
The unit introduces the students to basic knowledge on forest economics and marketing which covers the following instructional areas: definition of economics and marketing, forest goods and services, application of economic principle to forest resources, decision making in single and multiple resources use; cost benefit analysis, principles of micro and macroeconomics, the role of forests and forestry in Solomon Islands and regional economies, the understanding of different factors that influence forestry investment in Solomon Islands, risk and uncertainty in forest investment, economic evaluation of forestry projects and investments, forest valuation, the basic of compensation rate calculation, IRR and net present value, the importance of time dimension and capital costs in forest sector, the 4 Ps of marketing, marketing functions of products and contacts, international trade; other forestry commodity marketing and problems of forestry marketing in Solomon islands
FR630Work-based LearningNIL120
FR621Forest Ecology & BiodiversityNIL210
The unit introduces the students in forest ecology for an understanding of ecosystems as it covers the following instructional areas; the interaction that occur between plants, animals and the environment, and the ways in which these interactions affect the distribution and abundance of plants and animal communities in Solomon Islands and the Pacific, impacts on various land uses, natural events and disturbances have on forest ecosystems, and the basis of sustainable forest management, preparation for effective problem solving in ecology and other disciplines, the introduction to tropical biodiversity; this includes terrestrial diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.
FR622Fundamentals of Soil ScienceNIL210
The unit introduces the students with adequate knowledge and skills on different aspects of soil science; soil formation, physical and chemical properties, soil biology, soil conservation, soil sampling techniques and analysis, plant nutrition, especially with regard to the importance of the essential elements in the soil-plant relationship which covers the following instructional areas: geological processes that affect soils; the physical and chemical characteristics of soils; interpret the soil characteristics for a given site; the interaction of geology, soils, and forestry operations, and explain natural water and chemical cycle, soil forming processes, variation in soil type and how this affects soil, physical, chemical and biological characteristics and forest productivity, identification and mapping of soil types, and how to maintain productive soils for plant growth.
FR623SilvicultureNIL215
The unit introduces the students to silviculture which covers the following instructional areas: introduction to silviculture, definition and scope of silviculture, forest plantations and natural regeneration treatments, the importance of forest plantations, forest tree seed biology, types of forest nurseries, choice of site, production and protection of seedlings, vegetative propagation in the nursery, site and species evaluation, programs of tree improvement, establishment of plantations, the importance of pruning, thinning and tending in forest plantations, enrichment planting over logged over forest, and afforestation on grassland areas.
FR624Administration Human ResourcesNIL210
The unit introduces the students to basic knowledge in organization & management which covers the following instructional areas: provide the knowledge and skills needed by supervisors to manage staff effectively and optimize human performance, Office management, roles and responsibilities of supervisors, occupational health and safety, assertion and negotiation skills, goal setting, motivation, training skills, staff development, unions and industrial relations, managing staff, performance planning and review, appointment procedures, disciplining and dismissal processes, group dynamics, communication and leadership, professional ethics and responsibilities.
FR625Forest MeasurementFR512210
The unit introduces the students in forest measurement on areas which covers the following instructional areas: effective forest measurement that foresters needs to measure trees and forests, assess the resources to enhance students for the understanding and appreciation of the need for quantitative data based on accurate measurements, the measurement of single parameters such as height, diameter and basal area, calculation of stand variables, predominant height, volume and growth rate types and uses of forest inventories; plan; prescribe, and carry - out a mid-rotation and a pre-harvest inventory; and define the management strategies for sampling of forest plots - random sampling, stratified random sampling,
YEAR 2
FR631Sustainable Forest Management NIL115
The unit introduces the students on areas of effective sustainable forest management that foresters needs to measure trees and forests which covers the following instructional areas: be able to assess the resources, provide the trainees with knowledge on forest policy, act and rules on planning, management, utilization and protection of forest produce, the concept of multiple land use and factors influencing the integration of land use; outline the impact of forestry on site hydrology and classification of watershed and control measures for land degradation and watershed management in the country, discuss the present and potential impacts of pollution on forestry, and the economic aspects of forestry as a land use; explain how trees can be used in the management of land; explain biodiversity strategies to enhance habitat for specified animals; explain sustainability and impact on land use; and outline the management of natural production forests, the execution of carrying out a harvesting operation to avoid environmental damage and be able to implement sound timber harvesting practices, and supervise efficient harvesting operations consistent with the Solomon Islands Code of Logging Practice, best practice industry plantation guidelines and sustainable forest management principles prescribed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
FR632Forestry Research MethodFR512110
The unit introduces the students on method of research project which covers the following instructional areas: social research including proposal writing, survey design, designing of survey instruments, sampling methods, data collection, interpretation, graphs and tables, analysis of surveys, and presentation of results, handling of data, descriptive statistics and distribution, difference between means and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods, relationship between variables and design and layout of experiments.
FR633Climate Change & Forest CarbonNIL110
The unit introduces the students to basic knowledge which covers the following instructional areas: importance of climate change and its influence upon man’s activities, particularly forestry, covers weather and mankind, weather and forestry, weather and vegetation, the movements of the earth, the atmosphere, temperature, precipitation, wind, air pressure, meteorological instruments and their applications, how forest affect climate change, carbon sinks, forests’ role in climate change mitigation, the understanding of the underlying driving forces to climate change, carbon forest stock, carbon trading how does it works and offsets and what role do offsets play in carbon markets, adaptation policy in Solomon Islands, community benefits from REDD/REDD+
FR634Forest Health & ProtectionNIL110
The unit introduces the students on forest health and protection which covers the following instructional areas: be able to protect the forests from manmade and natural destruction by applying appropriate protection methods and enforcing forestry rules and regulations, develop the ability to identify forest pests and disease outbreaks and understand the life cycle of important pests and pathogens to Solomon Islands forests, demonstrate knowledge of the forest protection regulations, authorities, and research facilities; potential threats to the health of SI forests and forest produce from fungi, insects, and abiotic causes; the methods of detecting and preventing their introduction, deals in depth about forest fire fighting, handling of equipment, safety measures for fire fighters, and prevention of forest fire though reduction of hazards, and raising awareness using different media.
FR635Forest EngineeringNIL110
The first part of the course will enable the students to have a clear and definite understanding in forest engineering which covers the following instructional areas: design and supervise the construction of forest roads, small forest bridges, erosion control structures, forestry building structures and materials such as mixing of concrete and costing of buildings, setting out site, basic construction methods, roofs and drainage, basic water reticulation, pressure and flow, basic plumbing fittings, water supply systems for simple buildings, surveying instruments including chain, compass, dumpy level and related accessories and their uses in engineering work with regards to principles of road design, grades, horizontal and vertical alignment, designing curves by graphical method, calculating cuts and fills, bridge, drainage and culvert design, road maintenance and grading, measuring grades, pegging a centre line and curves, designing horizontal alignment, use of air photo interpretation to plan and design road network in environmental sensitive areas, the context of timber harvesting and forest management with the scope of forestry engineering and mechanization in Solomon Islands; common sources of power for forestry and common power transmission systems; common metal work; designing metal work for forestry processing units including veneer machines, paper making machines, plywood board processing machines, and power tools, gas and electrical welding systems; pre-starting and preventative maintenance checks on internal combustion engine machines.
FR641Agroforestry & Land Use PlanningNIL210
The unit focuses on; the principles for managing agroforestry systems and land use which covers the following instructional areas: enhance crop and livestock productivity and resilience, be able to provide assistance to community groups to engage in agroforestry, which provide for their daily livelihood, and contribute to sustainable forest management, the concept of multiple land use, and factors influencing the integration of land use; outlining the impact of forestry on site hydrology and water management; discuss the present and potential impacts of pollution on forestry, and the economic aspects of forestry as a land use; explain how trees can be used in the management of land; explain biodiversity strategies to enhance habitat for specified animals; explain sustainability and impact on land use; and outline the management of natural production forests.
FR642Forest Policy and LegislationNIL210
The unit introduces the students with knowledge on forest laws and policy which covers the following instructional areas:, act and rules on planning, management, utilization and protection of forest produce policy and legislation relevant to the conservation and management of natural resources in Solomon Islands and beyond the South Pacific, and to explain how policies and laws implemented in forest management practice, changes and revision so made on national forest polices and how the legal system and procedure shall be applied, regulated and enforced with regard to reserved forest, social forestry, protected area management, conservation of wildlife, forest fire prevention, soil & water
FR643Wood Science and Forest UtilizationFR512215
The unit introduces the students to the basic knowledge on wood science and forest utilization which covers the following instructional areas: the anatomy of wood, structure and chemistry of wood to its various end uses, the physical and chemical properties of wood as a raw material; properties of wood; and the relationship between wood properties and wood utilization, show the influence of wood structure on the physical properties of wood, and to its susceptibility to insect and fungal decay, the need to produce certain forest product, its treatment and its marketability, preservation method of timber seasoning, principles of drying, air drying vs. kiln drying, understand the principles of timber engineering and the specification of timber, the range of forest products, the industrial processes that convert round wood, pulpwood and mill refuse into these useful products, development of value-adding processes for import and export, understand the practical knowledge of; chainsaw operation and safely operate and maintain chainsaws, tree felling & cross cutting, harvesting and converting forest methods of logging planning, climate and forest, harvesting methods and machinery, recovery rates calculation of wood products, capabilities of machinery & situations of topography, conversion methods to furniture & other products, minor forest products and non-timber forest products.
FR644Occupational Health & SafetyNIL210
The course will enable the students to have a clear and definite understanding to observe and adhere to the safety standards and instructions which covers the following instructional areas: forest industries environmental workplace procedures, factors that could improve environmental performance and keep records of environmental attributes, aware of rules and procedures of health and safety at work and aware of hazards and risks in forestry, procedures with regard to chemical handling and contamination prevention, how to carrying out emergency action and fire prevention and fighting procedures, and methods of protecting water sources.
FR645Forest ExtensionNIL210
The unit introduces the students on the knowledge in social and forestry extension which covers the following instructional areas: the importance of social forestry, procedures and steps involved in preparation and implementation of management plan for private forestry and community forestry, the importance of social forestry and carrying the activities related to it, decentralization, peoples’ participation and empowerment of communities in managing the natural resources, procedures in preparation of management plan for private forestry, and procedures and steps involved in the preparation of management plan for community forestry, the modules also deals with the basics of extension and extension methods, acquaint them with the various tools for the dissemination of innovations, different extension methods, teaching and learning process and organizing trainings, adoption and diffusion process with emphasis on the factors that affect adoption and the social and cultural factors in extension and exhibition and PRA tools practice in rural setting.