All Diploma students now reside only at the Bulolo campus, whereas Degree students will spend 3 semesters at Bulolo campus, with the remaining time based at Taraka (Lae) main campus.
Course breakdown by year of study DIPLOMA:
Year 1 diploma courses are intended to put all incoming students on a 'level playing field' by providing review courses with forestry applications, in the basic sciences: English, physics, and chemistry, mathematics. A beginning information management and technology course focuses on hands-on life skills. In this beginning year, students will also delve deeply into botany with 2 courses, as well as take introductory classes in silvicuture, forestry climatology, soils, wood technology and first aid and industrial safety. Mid-semester break courses provide field practicals in silviculture in communities and in forest ecology.
Year 2 diploma courses intensively cover tree and forest plant identification, various aspects of wood technology, surveying and silviculture practices used in plantations. Also covered are forest measurement, forest ecology, communication and negotiation, and business skills.
The final diploma Year 3 turns to natural forest silviculture and provides more advanced courses in Forestry policy and law, supervision management, long-term forest management, and non-timber forest products. A 2 week field course during semester break introduces students to multi-purpose forest inventory, with another trip to examine community forestry from a highlands perspective; this helps to apply what is learnt in the community forestry and extension as well as the agroforestry courses. In the area of timber processing, students will learn techniques at the small- and medium-scale level, and carry out intensive hands-on practice in tree felling. A semester break course on fire protection rounds out the overall training in forest protection.