Course syllabus ZDRKO - Wooden Structures (OP VVV) (FFWT - SS 2019/2020)

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Course code: ZDRKO
Course title in Czech:
Wooden Structures (OP VVV)
Course title in English:
Wooden Structures (OP VVV)
SS 2019/2020
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (5 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1/1 (hours weekly/ hours weekly/ days in semester) (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Level of course: bachelor; master; master continuing
Course type:
Type of delivery: usual
Mode of delivery for our mobility students abroad:
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Course supervisor:
Ing. Veronika Hunková, Ph.D.
Course supervising department:
Faculty: Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology
Ing. Veronika Hunková, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Timetable in this semester:
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Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
The subject brings basic knowledge in the field of wooden structures from simple to complex kinds of them (e.g. truss structures). Requirements and design principles are specified for each group of structures. The definition of the structural timber quality and of different kinds of carpentry joints forms important part of the lectures.
Course content:
1.Basic terminology, standards and legislation requirements for buildings with load-bearing structure made of wood. (allowance 2/1)
Structural timber – defects of wood affecting the quality of structural timber, visual and instrumental grading. (allowance 2/1)
3.Joints used in wooden structures (traditional carpentry, metal joints, glued joints). (allowance 2/1)
4.Wooden elements and simple wooden structures. (allowance 2/1)
Wooden houses. (allowance 10/5)
Foundations of buildings, types of foundations, requirements.
Structural systems of wooden houses – history, sorting, terminology.
Timber-frame structures – sorting, terminology, requirements, and design principles.
d.Log houses, modern solid wood walls – sorting, terminology, requirements, and design principles.
Ceiling (traditional and contemporary structures) – sorting, terminology, requirements, and design principles.

Roof structures. (allowance 6/3)
Roof forms, history of roofs and of their bearing structures.
Timber trusses for different span, structural elements and their function.
c.Trusses with elements of small dimensions, bending.

Wooden bridges – history, sorting, terminology, basic requirements. (allowance 2/1)
Forest objects (forest bridges, high seats, feeding-racks) and others wooden structures. (allowance 2/1)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
28 h
14 h
field work8 h
preparation for exam
33 h
preparation for regular assessment
20 h
report from excursion, tour, practical placement2 h
elaboration and execution of projects
35 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
Students have to design a simple wooden structure during the practical lectures. The exam consists from written and oral parts, students have to be able to independently design a wooden structure for chosen object and explain function of all of the designed elements and joints (duration ca. 90 min).
Assessment criteria ratio:
Requirement type
Daily attendance
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Recomended reading and other learning resources:
Timber buildings: low-energy constructions. 2nd ed. Bolzano university press, 2010. 175 p. ISBN 978-88-6046-033-2.
METTEM, C J. Timber bridges. Spon Press, 2011. 176 p. ISBN 978-0-415-57796-0.
Traditional construction for a sustainable future. Spon Press, 2011. 373 p. ISBN 9780415467568.
HERZOG, T. et al. Timber construction manual. 1st ed. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2008. 375 p. ISBN 978-3-7643-7025-1.
THALLON, R. Graphic guide to frame construction: details for builders and designers. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press, 240 p. ISBN 1-56158-353-7.

BENSON, T. The timber-frame home: design, construction, finishing. 2nd ed. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press, 234 p. ISBN 1-56158-129-1.
JODIDIO, P. Wood architecture now! = Holz = Bois. Cologne: Taschen, 2013. 416 p. ISBN 978-3-8365-3593-9.

Course listed in study plans for this semester:
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Course listed in previous semesters:
WS 2019/2020 (and older)
Teaching place:

Last modification made by Ing. Alice Malá on 12/05/2019.

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