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Unit description

Develops advanced knowledge of wood science with particular reference to relationships between wood structure, chemistry, properties and performance in service.

Unit content

Topic 1: Advanced wood chemistry
Topic 2: Chemical modification of wood
Topic 3: Wood formation processes
Topic 4: Taxonomy and wood anatomy
Topic 5: Chemistry of natural durability
Topic 6: Timber engineering

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 a high level of understanding of the chemistry of wood and the products of chemical modificationCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2demonstrate a high level of understanding of wood formation processes, from the primary products of photosynthesis to the formation of xylemCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3recognise the broad anatomical character of key genera of important commercial hardwoods and softwoodsCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate an understanding of the chemical properties of various wood extractives, how these may be isolated and their contribution to durability to bio degradationCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical properties of wood and how wood is graded to provide performance data for designers and architects.CreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate a high level of understanding of the chemistry of wood and the products of chemical modification
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. demonstrate a high level of understanding of wood formation processes, from the primary products of photosynthesis to the formation of xylem
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. recognise the broad anatomical character of key genera of important commercial hardwoods and softwoods
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the chemical properties of various wood extractives, how these may be isolated and their contribution to durability to bio degradation
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical properties of wood and how wood is graded to provide performance data for designers and architects.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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