Oregon State University

College of Forestry

APAA - Assessment

  1. Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society

    Context: The Natural Resources Program spent the past two years conducting a major assessment and review of its curriculum. The review process included input from students, faculty and staff and provided a comprehensive assessment of future curriculum needs. This was a lengthy process in part resulting from recommendations

    by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Budgets and Strategic Planning to incorporate the Recreation Resources Management Degree into the Natural Resources Degree. During this period, new Program Outcomes were developed that were agreed upon by the NR Steering Committee (the governing body of the NR Program). The curriculum review in the form of 19 separate Category II proposals was approved by the Curricular Council in January 2011.

    Students who graduate with a Natural Resources degree from OSU should be able to

    integrate technical “field” knowledge with analytical skills to solve important natural

    resource management problems. They should be able to communicate effectively, work collaboratively, assess their professional strengths and weaknesses, and be committed to continuous learning and professional development. Specifically, they should be able to:

    • Describe ecological processes, including human impacts that influence ecosystem change, natural succession and the future sustainability of natural resources.

      Coursework that Meets Outcome:

      1. General Ecology Category of NR Core
      2. Earth Science Category of NR Core
      3. Atmospheric Science Category of NR Core
      4. Water Science Category of NR Core
      5. Soil Science Category of NR Core
      6. Chemistry Category of NRh) Breadth Course Selections
      7. GIS Category of NR Core
      8. Breadth Course Selections
      9. Specialty Option Courses
    • Characterize natural resources and be able to quantify at least one of these resources.

      Coursework that Meets Outcome:

      1. Earth Science Category of NR Core
      2. Water Science Category of NR Core
      3. Vegetation ID Category of NR Core
      4. Animal ID Category of NR Core
      5. Soil Science Category of NR Core
      6. Measurements Category of NR Core
      7. Students may select specialty option courses that meet this outcome
    • Envision desired future conditions in an area to achieve a set of natural resource-related objectives, prescribe management actions needed to achieve those objectives, and evaluate success of these actions.

      Coursework that Meets Outcome:

      1. Environmental Assessment and Planning Category in NR Core
      2. Breadth Course Selections
      3. Specialty Option Courses
    • Describe how the use, management, and allocation of natural resources are affected by: laws, policies, economic factors (both market and non-market), and characteristics (including demographic, cultural, ethnic, and “values” differences) of private and public resource owners and users.

      Coursework that Meets Outcome:

      1. Natural Resource Policy Category of NR Core
      2. Resource Economics Category of NR Core
      3. Natural Resource Decision Making Category of NR Core
      4. Environmental Assessment and Planning Category of NR Core
      5. Political Dimensions Breadth Area (many choices)
    • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with audiences of diverse backgrounds.

      Coursework that Meets Outcome:

      1. Writing I and II Categories of OSU Baccalaureate Core
      2. Speech Category of OSU Baccalaureate Core
      3. Writing Intensive Course of OSU Baccalaureate Core
      4. Cultural Diversity and Difference, Power, and Discrimination Categories of OSU Baccalaureate Core
      5. Natural Resource Decision Making Category of NR Core (NR 455)
      6. Communications Category of NR Core
      7. Selected NR Core, Breadth and Specialty Option Courses
    • Work effectively with, and within, interdisciplinary and diverse groups to resolve management problems and achieve management objectives.

      Coursework that Meets Outcome:

      1. Cultural Diversity and Difference, Power, and Discrimination Categories of OSU Baccalaureate Core
      2. Natural Resource Decision Making Category of NR Core
      3. Environmental Assessment and Planning Category of NR Core
      4. Communications Category of NR Core
      5. Selected NR Core, Breadth and Specialty Option Courses
  2. Department of Forest Engineering, Resources Management

    Provide the Student Learning Outcomes for you program(s).

    • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
    • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
    • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    • an ability to communicate effectively
    • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
    • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    • a knowledge of contemporary issues
    • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
    • an ability to develop engineered forest operations that achieve silvicultural objectives
    • an ability to develop engineering forest operations that appropriately protect soil and water resources
    • an ability to survey and measure land and forest resources so that the engineering tasks associated with Forest Land Management, specifically, the design of appropriate Forest Operations can be effectively completed
    • an ability to provide designs and manage the forest transportation in a way that meets the needs of forest land management and minimizes environmental impact.
    • an ability to plan and manage safe, economic and environmentally sound forest operations
    • an ability to incorporate long term forest land management and operational planning in an environmental and economic context into forest operation plans.
  3. Department of Forest Engineering, Resources Management - Forest Operations Management

    Provide the Student Learning Outcomes for your program(s).

    Students who complete the Forest Operations Management curriculum at OSU will be prepared to:

    • Develop Timber Harvest Plans.
      • Review timber inventory information and property boundary status. Develop harvest financial projections, develop and modify short and long range plans to reflect market condition changes, weather conditions affecting roads, and other details necessary to grow and harvest timber profitably.
      • Read, analyze and interpret appropriate scientific and commercial journals, financial reports, and government regulations. Evaluate and interpret financial data to determine the profitability of forest investments and of various forest operations. Apply mathematical calculations to such tasks as discounted cash flow, frequency distributions, determination of test reliability and validity, correlation techniques, and sampling theory.
      • Define problems, collect pertinent data, establish and differentiate facts and assumptions, and draw valid conclusions for solving the problems. Use software including FVS, ORGANON, WOODSTOCK in accomplishing these tasks.
    • Do Harvest Layout & Permitting.
      • Delineate the harvest area by marking/flagging the harvest boundary lines and preparing permits.
      • Plan a safe working environment.
      • Work with the regulatory agencies and submit appropriate paperwork to apply for and acquire permits.
      • Create maps to show the harvest plan using software including MS Office Suite and ArcMap in accomplishing these tasks.
    • Provide Contract Management
      • Administer contracts to ensure full compliance.
      • Supervise a safe work environment in a variety of forest operations.
      • Apply business principles and laws to enable successful contracting relationships.
      • Prepare contract documents, conduct competitive bid processes, and negotiate certain aspects of the contracting costs including sale of delivered logs and selection of most lucrative markets.
      • Oversee the logging operations to ensure contractors are working within contractual and regulatory specifications including harvest (log) sorting to ensure shipments reach the desired destination and the best price is obtained.
    • Conduct Successful Public & Neighbor Relations
      • Write reports and speeches for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
      • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
      • Perform Associated Administrative Tasks.
      • Manage and direct the work of others
      • Do cost accounting, annual budgeting, capital budgeting.
      • Collaborate with other company departments and specialists such as soil, wildlife and water resources.
  4. Department of Forest Engineering, Resources Management - Forest Management

    Students who complete the Forest Management curriculum at OSU should be well prepared to:

    • Build on their foundation of Baccalaureate Core courses designed to provide a general college education and stimulate life-long learning in the arts, sciences, humanities, and related subjects.
    • Identify major forest ecosystems of the PNW and describe their dynamics with and without human influence/management.
    • Identify the important tree species of North America and be able to describe their taxonomy.
    • Carry out simple surveying, mapping and geographic location activities.
    • Describe current policies, laws, and regulations governing the management of forest lands (federal or state or both).
    • Measure and inventory forest vegetation with precision and accuracy and forecast its development over time.
    • Evaluate financial investments in forestry involving the production of ecosystem services.
    • Describe desired future conditions of forest stands and develop a plan to effectively achieve those conditions.
    • Develop alternative management scenarios for forest lands and describe their relative impacts on forest products, environmental services, social amenities, and other resource values.
    • Communicate effectively with co-workers, stakeholders, and the public on forest resource issues and practices.
    • Use effective tools to understand stakeholder preferences, analyze tradeoffs, and make decisions about the management of public forests.
    • Communicate effectively and work with others in integrated natural resource management.
    • Extend their professional and academic capabilities through the acquisition of a specialized minor or option.
    • Utilize the knowledge and practical experience gained during the course of their education, summer employment, and other experiences.
  5. Department of Wood Science & Engineering

    The following Learning Outcomes are minor modifications of those originally designed for the WST program.

    • a comprehensive understanding of renewable materials science and the nature of wood and other plant-based renewable materials
    • a working knowledge of wood-products and other renewable materials manufacturing processes
    • a comprehension of professional ethics and the societal issues involved in the use of wood, renewable materials, and other natural resources
    • the ability to solve problems and communicate the solutions to the appropriate audience.

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