Introduces students to the properties of wood, how these properties are measured and the uses of wood in the human environment. This unit also examines how wood properties can be influenced by forest management practices.
Topic 1: Introduction to materials science
Topic 2: Tree physiology, wood chemistry and anatomy
Topic 3: Energy and fuels
Topic 4: Wood properties and wood products
Topic 5: Managing wood quality
Topic 6: Wood density
Topic 7: Hygro-mechanical properties
Topic 8: Mechanical properties
Topic 9: Degradation
Topic 10: Wood modification
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Demonstrate an understanding of the broad differences in material properties, manufacturing methods, utilisation, and recycling of renewable biomaterials, compared to other common materials such as metals, ceramics and plastics.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Identify the general chemistry and anatomy of the major classes of woody plants.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Identify the properties of wood that contribute to utility/value, how they are expressed and how they are measured in the field and in a laboratory.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||Explain the connection between the features of a standing tree, the variation that occurs within a forest, and the impacts these have on utilisation.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|5||Recognise the methods applied to managing wood properties during the production cycle of a forest.||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|6||Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of conversion of forest products to renewable consumer goods, fuels and energy||Knowledge of a discipline|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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