lbirf2213  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
2 credits
30.0 h
Jacquemart Anne-Laure; Ponette Quentin (coordinator); Vincke Caroline;
Precursory courses: core courses of the Master in Forests and natural Areas Engineering

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
. Main concepts: 
This course consists in a one week field trip in a foreign country (or in Belgium) during which students may compare their theoretical knowledge to field cases and current practices in their overall complexity. During this field trip, students are encouraged to consider the topics in an integrated manner, to use an inter-disciplinarity approach and to reason in a long term perspective. The visits cover numerous fields such as forest ecology, silviculture, forest planning, wood industry, nature conservation, habitat restoration and management, ''Each visit is organized with an expert able to give valuable information on the presented subject.
Topics are complementary to those seen during the two study years. A special attention is given to the choice of stakeholders to enable students to meet the wide range of stakeholders active in the professional world.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a. Contribution de l'activité au référentiel AA (AA du programme)
M1.4, M1.5, M2.4, M2.5, M3.8, M4.1, M4.3, M5.8, M6.6, M7.1, M7.2, M7.3, M7.4
b. Formulation spécifique pour cette activité des AA du programme (maximum 10)
At the end of this course, students will be able to :
- understand the overall functioning of the sector related to the management of forests and natural areas in terms of actors and interactions with other sectors, based on a chain and systemic approach;
- analyze, compare and criticize different techniques or strategies in forest planning and in habitat restoration and management, integrating all technical, economic, ecological and legal constraints;
- develop interactions with professionals, discuss about divergent point of views and ensure an original and personal synthesis ;
- reason complex management problems at various time and spatial scales.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
1.     Table of contents
Not Applicable
2.     Additional informations
Concrete situations are presented to students by field experts (or teachers), covering topics related to silviculture, timber industries, nature conservation and environmental protection issues. Students actively participate in the exchange.
Teaching methods
The one-week trip allows to analyze a set of case studies covering the diversity of themes and achievements related to the management of forests and natural areas, including valorization by the wood chain industries. Active participation of students is highly encouraged (observations, surveys, measures, planning). The students are invited to interview the experts and to participate to the debates.
Evaluation methods
- Student contribution to the writing of a field-trip booklet;
- Oral presentations introducing selected themes related to the field trip;
- Oral examination: the evaluation consists in an oral discussion with the teachers on particular subjects analyzed during the field trip. Special attention is given to the ability of the student to: make a documented synthesis, mobilize various skills to analyse problems, critically compare management approaches / strategies.
Online resources
Les supports utiles à la tournée (diapositives power point et documents de référence) sont mis à disposition de l'étudiant sur Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Forests and Natural Areas Engineering

Master [120] in Environmental Bioengineering