FE 480

Class Syllabus

FE 480. Forest Engineering Practice and Professionalism (1 credit).

Instructor: Michael Wing, Peavy 275, Michael.Wing@OregonState.edu

Winter 2016.

Personal and professional skills, attributes, and issues in forest engineering practice. Includes topics such as ethics, land stewardship, media relations, and risk management. PREREQS: Senior standing.

M 1600-1650. Peavy Hall 256.


Measureable Learning Outcomes

Students who complete FE 480 should demonstrate:

Familiarity with professional licensing and certification

An understanding of professional workplace dynamics and challenges, including interactions with colleagues, other organizations, and the public

Legal considerations in organizational operations


Evaluation of Student Performance

Students will be graded on two homework exercises and on classroom participation, including both attendance and active participation in classroom discussions. Class attendance is essential. If you are unable to attend a class you must contact me via email or other direct means prior to your absence or, if circumstances prevent that, as soon as possible thereafter. 

There are two written homework assignments, which are due in both printed form at the start of class on the due date.  Unexcused submissions (see attendance policy above) after the due date/time normally will receive only partial credit, with a 5% point deduction for each day or partial day the assignment is late.

Grade distribution:

Two assignments (20%)

Classroom participation and attendance (80%)


There will be two ABET portfolio assignments that Forest Engineering and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering majors must complete at a minimum professional level in order to receive a passing grade in the class.  Students will receive the grade on these assignments that reflects the work that they turn in when the assignment is due.  If this grade is below 70% [the minimum professional level], FE and FE/CE majors will be required to revise the assignment until it meets the minimum standard, at which time the revised grade will be entered in the grade book. Failure to complete the ABET portfolio assignments at a minimum professional level will result in an I/F grade at the end of the term.



Week 1, January 4.

Introduction to the course


Week 2, January 11.

Professional licensing and certification

Michael Wing


Week 3, January 18.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no class


Week 4, January 25.

The challenges and opportunities of cooperation

Jon Souder. OSU. Formerly, Director of Coos Watershed Association.


Week 5, February 1.

John Mann. Multiple forestry organizations.


Week 6, February 8.

How to interact with challenging colleagues.

Carolyn Killefer. OSU Assistant Director of the Career Development Center.


Week 7, February 15.

Mark Rasmussen. Mason, Bruce, and Gerard. Natural Resource Consulting.


Week 8, February 22.

Doug Mays. Weyerhaeuser.


Week 9, February 29.

Jerry Anderson. Hancock Forest Management.


Week 10, March 7.

Scott Hoffine. Roseburg Forest Products Company.

Ken Hoffine. Lone Rock Timber Company.


Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities
Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty and Disability Access Services (DAS). Students with accommodations approved through DAS are responsible for contacting the faculty member in charge of the course prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through DAS should contact DAS immediately at 541.737.4098.


Statement of Expectations for Student Conduct

The OSU Student Conduct Code can be viewed at: