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Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate 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 plasticsKnowledge of a discipline
2identify the general chemistry and anatomy of the major classes of woody plantsKnowledge of a discipline
3identify the properties of wood that contribute to utility/value, how they are expressed and how they are measured in the field and in a laboratoryCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4explain the connection between the features of a standing tree, the variation that occurs within a forest, and the impacts these have on utilisationCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5recognise the methods applied to managing wood properties during the production cycle of a forestKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6demonstrates an understanding of the principles of conversion of forest products to renewable consumer goods, fuels and energy.Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  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
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify the general chemistry and anatomy of the major classes of woody plants
    • GA4: 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
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: 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
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. recognise the methods applied to managing wood properties during the production cycle of a forest
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. demonstrates an understanding of the principles of conversion of forest products to renewable consumer goods, fuels and energy.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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