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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.

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: 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 Creativity Knowledge of a discipline 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 Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
3 recognise the broad anatomical character of key genera of important commercial hardwoods and softwoods Creativity Knowledge of a discipline 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 Creativity Knowledge of a discipline 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. Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication 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