Course syllabus UDSAT - Commercial Timber Subtropics and Tropics (FFWT - SS 2018/2019)

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Course code:
Course title in Czech: Commercial Timber Subtropics and Tropics
Course title in English:
Commercial Timber Subtropics and Tropics
Semester: SS 2018/2019
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (6 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes:
full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Level of course: bachelor
Course type:
Type of delivery:
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Language of instruction:
Course supervisor: doc. Ing. Hanuš Vavrčík, Ph.D.
Course supervising department:
prof. Ing. Vladimír Gryc, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Hanuš Vavrčík, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites: none
Timetable in this semester:
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Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
The knowledge of macroscopic and microscopic wood structure (including practical identification of wood species). Overview of basic wood properties of wood species of subtropical and tropical areas with an emphasis to their practical utilization.
Course content:
Macroscopic structure of wood (allowance 4/2)
Chemical composition of wood (allowance 2/0)
Wood anatomy (allowance 4/2)
4.Factors affecting phloemo- and xylogenesis (allowance 2/0)
Wood defects (allowance 2/2)
6.Physical and mechanical properties of wood overview (allowance 6/0)
7.Non-destructive and destructive methods in wood quality assessment (allowance 2/0)
8.Effect of forest treatments on wood quality (allowance 2/0)
9.Wood structure relations to biomechanics of tree (allowance 2/0)
Basics of wood preservations (allowance 2/0)
Characteristic of tropical and subtropical forest (allowance 0/4)
12.Tropical timber trade (allowance 0/2)
Selected tropical wood species from Africa (allowance 0/8)
Selected tropical wood species from South-Eastern Asia (allowance 0/6)
Selected tropical wood species from South and Latin America (allowance 0/6)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
28 h
28 h
preparation for exam
72 h
preparation for regular assessment40 h
168 h
Assessment methods:
- at least 80% attendance (practices)
- 2 tests during the course (max. 40 points for both tests, required at least 21 points)
- practical test of wood identification -- macroscopic samples of the most important tropical woods (at least 8 of 10 samples)
- seminar work -- identification of unknown samples of tropical woods on microscopic level

part 1: e-test
- prerequisites: credit
- form: e-test in the University Information System
- duration: 30 min.
- number of questions: 40
- evaluation: at least 70 %

part 2: oral exam
- evaluation: at least 60 %
Assessment criteria ratio:
Requirement type
Daily attendance
0 %
Recomended reading and other learning resources:
GANDELOVÁ, L. -- ŠLEZINGEROVÁ, J. -- HORÁČEK, P. Nauka o dřevě. 3rd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2009. 176 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-312-2.
VALÍČEK, P. et al. Užitkové rostliny tropů a subtropů. 2nd ed. Praha: Academia, 2002. 486 p. ISBN 80-200-0939-6.
WAGENFÜHR, R. Dřevo: obrazový lexikon. 1st ed. Praha: Grada, 2002. 347 p. ISBN 80-247-0346-7.
ŠLEZINGEROVÁ, J. -- GANDELOVÁ, L. -- GRYC, V. -- MAZAL, P. -- VAVRČÍK, H. Lexikon vybraných tropických dřev - multimediální výukové texty.  [online]. 2003. URL:

Woods of the world: the multimedia source for information on wood.  [other]. Burlington, USA. 1997. ISBN 3-540-14697-0.
WAGENFÜHR, R. -- SCHEIBER, C. Holzatlas. 1st ed. Leipzig: VEB Fachbuchverlag, 1974. 690 p.
BEGEMANN, H F. Lexikon der Nutzhölzer. Mering: Verlag und Fachbuchdienst Emmi Kittel, 1963. 1181 p.
HURDA, B. Doporučené názvosloví exotického dříví. Praha: SNTL , 1983. 105 p.
PATTERSON, D. Commercial timbers of the world. Aldershot: Gower Technical Press, 1988. 339 p.

Course listed in study plans for this semester:
Field of study B-FOR-TROP Management of Natural Resources in the Tropics and Subtropics, full-time form, initial period WS 2017/2018
Course listed in previous semesters:
Teaching place: Brno

Last modification made by Ing. Alice Malá on 01/03/2019.

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