Course syllabus WAEF - Wood Anatomy (FFWT - WS 2019/2020)

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Course code: WAEF
Course title in language of instruction: Wood Anatomy
Course title in Czech: Wood Anatomy
Course title in English: Wood Anatomy
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 0/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: master; master continuing
Semester: WS 2019/2020
Name of lecturer: Dr. Kyriaki Giagli (instructor)
doc. Ing. Vladimír Gryc, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Hanuš Vavrčík, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites: State Bachelor Examination
Aims of the course:
Detailed knowledge of macroscopic, microscopic, submicroscopic structure of wood, chemical composition of wood, cell wall structure, xylogenesis, practical identification of wood according to macroscopic and microscopic features.
Course contents:
1.Macroscopic structure of wood (I) (allowance 0/2)
a.Wood kind vs. wood species
b.Principle planes in wood
c.Gross features of wood (structural and additional)

2.Macroscopic structure of wood (II) (allowance 0/6)
b.Ring porous hardwoods
c.Semi-ring porous hardwoods
d.Diffuse porous hardwoods

3.Chemical components of wood and bark (allowance 0/2)
a.Primary components
b.Secondary components

4.The woody cell wall (allowance 0/2)
a.Basic structure of the woody cell wall
b.Distribution of chemical constituents in the cell wall
c.Pitting of the cell wall

5.Microscopic structure of softwoods (allowance 0/4)
a.Anatomical elements of softwoods
b.Diagnostic features for wood identification
c.Description of softwood species

6.Microscopic structure of hardwoods (allowance 0/8)
a.Anatomical elements of hardwoods
b.Diagnostic features for wood identification
c.Description of hardwood species

7.Wood formation (allowance 0/2)
a.Primary and secondary growth
b.The vascular cambium
c.Outer factors controlling wood formation
d.Dynamics of the secondary growth

8.Microscopic structure of bark and monocotyledonous (allowance 0/2)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to make decisions
-Ability to solve problems
-Ability to work in international context
-Ability to work independently
-Capacity to learn
-Communication in second language
-Ethical commitment
-General knowledge
-Interpersonal skills
-Professional knowledge
-Resolve to succeed
-Science and research skills
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to identify European wood species at macroscopic level
-Ability to identify European wood species at microscopic level
-Ability to work with a microscope
-Knowledge of chemical composition of wood

Type of course unit: optional
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     practice28 h
     preparation for exam55 h
     preparation for regular assessment29 h
Total112 h
Assessment methods:
- at least 80% attendance
- practical test of wood identification -- macroscopic samples (at least 8 of 10 samples)
- practical test of wood identification -- microscopic samples (at least 3 of 4 samples)

- prerequisite: credit is compulsory for final exam participation
- form: e-test in University Information System
- duration: 50 min.
- number of questions: 40
- evaluation: min. 60 %
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQHOADLEY, R.Identifying Wood : Accurate results with simple toolsNewtownTaunton Press19900-942391-04-7
RQPANSHIN, A J. -- ZEEUW DE, C.Textbook of Wood Technology: Structure, Identification, Properties, and Uses of the Commercial Woods of the United States and CanadaNew YorkMcGraw-Hill19800-07-048441-4
RQSCHWEINGRUBER, F H. -- SCHULZE, E.Atlas of woody plant stems: evolution, structure, and environmental modificationsBerlinSpringer20063-540-32523-9
RESCHWEINGRUBER, F H.Anatomie europäischer Hölzer/Anatomy of European woods : Ein Atlas zur Bestimmung europäischer Baum-, Strauch- und ZwergstrauchhölzerBernVerlag Paul Haupt19903-258-04258-6
RESCHWEINGRUBER, F H.Wood structure and environmentBerlinSpringer978-3-540-48299-4


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