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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate a high level of understanding of the chemistry of wood and the products of chemical modification
2 demonstrate a high level of understanding of wood formation processes, from the primary products of photosynthesis to the formation of xylem
3 recognise the broad anatomical character of key genera of important commercial hardwoods and softwoods
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
5 demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical properties of wood and how wood is graded to provide performance data for designers and architects.

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:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate a high level of understanding of wood formation processes, from the primary products of photosynthesis to the formation of xylem
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. recognise the broad anatomical character of key genera of important commercial hardwoods and softwoods
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  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:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical properties of wood and how wood is graded to provide performance data for designers and architects.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA6: