Course syllabus DCH - 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:
Fulfillment of requirements (3 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes:
full-time, 1/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
part-time, 16/0 (lectures per period / seminars per period)
Level of course:
bachelor; master; master continuing; doctor
Course type:
Type of delivery: usual
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Course supervisor:
doc. Ing. Michal Rybníček, Ph.D.
Course supervising department: Department of Wood Science and Technology (FFWT)
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology
Ing. Tomáš Kolář, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Michal Rybníček, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
doc. Ing. Hanuš Vavrčík, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites: not State Bachelor Examination or now State Bachelor Examination
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 1/1)
Wood Anatomy (allowance 1/2)
Principles of Dendrochronology I. (allowance 1/2)
Principles of Dendrochronology II. (allowance 1/2)
5.Dendrochronology in Archaeology (allowance 1/2)
Dendroecology (allowance 1/3)
7.Subfossil Wood and 14C dating (allowance 1/2)
Another application of Dendrochronology (allowance 1/2)
Seminar 1 - practical exhibition of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/9)
10.Seminar 2 - practical exhibition of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/9)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendanceCombined form
14 h
16 h
practice28 h
0 h
preparation for exam
10 h
14 h
preparation for regular testing
10 h
14 h
writing of seminar paper
22 h
40 h
84 h
84 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.
Assessment criteria ratio:
Requirement type
Daily attendance
Combined form
0 %
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Recomended reading and other learning resources:
DRÁPELA, K. -- ZACH, J. Dendrometrie (Dendrochronologie). 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 1995. 149 p. ISBN 80-7157-178-4.
ÚRADNÍČEK, L. et al. Dřeviny České republiky. 2nd ed. Kostelec nad Černými lesy: Lesnická práce, 2009. 367 p. ISBN 978-80-87154-62-5.
VINAŘ, J. et al. Historické krovy: typologie, průzkum, opravy. 1st ed. Praha: Grada, 2010. 448 p. Stavitel. ISBN 978-80-247-3038-7.
VINAŘ, J. et al. Historické krovy II: průzkumy a opravy. 1st ed. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2005. 301 p. ISBN 80-247-1111-7.
Fundamentals of tree-ring research. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 333 p. ISBN 978-0-8165-2684-0.

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.
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.
WAGENFÜHR, R. Holzatlas. 5th ed. München: Fachbuchverlag Leipzig im Carl Hanser Verlag, 2000. 707 p. ISBN 3-446-21390-2.

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

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