FOR30410 Forest Inventory and Sampling

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a 7 week undergraduate module for Stage 3 BAgrSc Forestry students. This module provides an overview of sampling design approaches that can be used to quantify the composition of forest resources for management and planning purposes, including simple random sampling and stratified random sampling. Volume estimation methods including complete enumeration, full tariff, abbreviated tariff, fixed area plots, and volume/weight ratios will also be covered. A number of practical field sessions will be conducted where forest measurement skills will be developed. Computer-based sessions will also be conducted where you will learn to process, analyse and interpret field data, including determining the precision of the estimates derived from fixed area plots. The integration of sampling designs within a GIS including georeferenced area sampling frames will be covered.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Determine the precision of estimates from fixed area plots.
Use GIS to undertake simple/stratified random sampling
Undertake an abbreviated tariff and estimate the volume of a stand using EXCEL
Estimate the volume weight ratio for a timber sale

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Computer Aided Lab




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active /task based learning and lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Excel Assignment Week 3 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Excel assignment Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Students will be required to complete a timed exam. Week 8 No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Computer Aided Lab Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50
Computer Aided Lab Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Wed 14:00 - 15:50