Course syllabus ZDCH - Dendrochronology (FFWT - WS 2019/2020)

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Course code:
Course title in Czech:
Course title in English: Dendrochronology
WS 2019/2020
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (3 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes:
full-time, 0/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Level of course:
bachelor; master; master continuing
Course type:
Type of delivery:
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Course supervisor:
Course supervising department: Department of Wood Science and Technology (FFWT)
Faculty: Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology
Teachers: Ing. Tomáš Kolář, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
doc. Ing. Michal Rybníček, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Hanuš Vavrčík, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Timetable in this semester:
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Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
Introduction to the methodology of sampling and measurement of samples, learning the work with the dating software, using of tree-ring analysis and their interpretation, information about the latest methods of European dendrochronology. Knowledge of dating historical and recent wood.
Course content:
Introduction (allowance 0/1)
Wood Anatomy (allowance 0/2)
Principles of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/3)
Dendroecology (allowance 0/3)
5.Subfossil Wood and 14C dating (allowance 0/2)
Another application of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/1)
Seminar 1 - practical exhibition of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/8)
Seminar 2 - practical exhibition of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/8)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
28 h
preparation for exam10 h
preparation for regular testing
10 h
writing of seminar paper
22 h
70 h
Assessment methods:
For successful completion of the course attendance in lessons is required as well as submission of a seminar paper, and passing an electronic credit test at 70%.

The seminar paper will be divided as follows: 1 Title page (title, names of all members of the group, field, date, ...), 2 Aim of the study, 3 Material and methodology (description of a stand, sampling, sample preparation, sample measurement, dating samples), 4 Results (graphs - synchronization of individual tree-ring series, analysis of significant negative pointer years - which years were significantly negative and how many trees responded negatively in these years) - all accompanied with verbal comments, 5 Discussion, 6 Conclusion, 7 References.

The electronic credit test takes 30 minutes. A total of 20 questions in four categories will be generated: 5 questions from the field of subfossil wood; 5 questions from the field of wood anatomy; 5 questions from the field of dendroecology; 5 questions from the field of dendrochronological dating. To successfully pass the test you must achieve at least 70% success rate.
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Requirement type
Daily attendance
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Recomended reading and other learning resources:
Fundamentals of tree-ring research. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 333 p. ISBN 978-0-8165-2684-0.
SCHWEINGRUBER, F H. Trees and Wood in Dendrochronology: Morphological, Anatomical, and Tree-Ring. Analytical Characteristics. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1993. 402 p. ISBN 3-540-54915-3.

COOK, E. -- KAIRIUKSTIS, L. Methods of Dendrochronology. Applications in the Environmental Sciences. Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, 1990.
SCHWEINGRUBER, F H. Tree rings and environment dendroecology. Berne: Paul Haupt Publishers, 1996. 609 p. ISBN 3-258-05458-4.
WAGENFÜHR, R. Holzatlas. 5th ed. München: Fachbuchverlag Leipzig im Carl Hanser Verlag, 2000. 707 p. ISBN 3-446-21390-2.

Course listed in study plans for this semester:
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Course listed in previous semesters:
WS 2020/2021 (and older)
Teaching place: Brno

Last modification made by Ing. Alice Malá on 11/19/2019.

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