Study programmes / B-ARB Arboristics / Assessment and Valuation of Trees
Course code:PAOS
Course title in language of instruction:Posuzování a oceňování stromů
Course title in Czech:Posuzování a oceňování stromů
Course title in English:Assessment and Valuation of Trees
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2/3 (hours weekly/ hours weekly/ days in semester); part-time, 19/0/0 (h/h/days in semester)
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week; part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor; master; master continuing
Semester:WS 2020/2021 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:Ing. Martin Kult (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Petr Martinek (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Luděk Praus, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Ing. Jiří Rozsypálek (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Barbora Vojáčková, DiS. (instructor, lecturer)
Aims of the course:To learn the students to analyze physiological and mechanical parameters of tree stability at the stand, including special device supported methods,and to offer an adequate way of tree care.
Course contents:
1.Introduction (allowance 2/2)
a.Theory of hazard assessment
b.Basic principles of tree evaluation

2.The Vitality (allowance 4/4)
a.Evaluation of the parameters of vitality
b.Main parameters
c.Vitality and tree health

3.The Tree Health (allowance 4/4)
a.Parameters of tree health
b.The Stability and the Safety

4.Tree Appraisement (allowance 2/2)
a.Appraisement according to the AOPK ČR
b.Appreisement according to the Ministry of Finance edict
c.Other methods of tree appraisement

5.Device Supported Methods for the Tree Evaluation (allowance 6/6)
a.Methods division
b.Physical principles of single methods
c.Devices for evaluation of the tree stability
d.Devices for evaluation of the tree vitality

6.Special Methods of the Tree Evaluation (allowance 2/2)
a.Method for evaluation of ecological value of a tree
b.Methods SIA & WLA
c.The QTRA method and similar
d.Authorized experts, requirements, practice
e.Other methods of tree evaluation

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to make decisions
-ability to solve problems
-ability to work independently
-basic computing skills
-ethical commitment
-professional knowledge
-science and research skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability of orientation in maps
-Ability of orientation in Project Documentation of Buildings
-Ability to recognize, determine, distinguish and systematize various biotic and abiotic objects
-Abitity to take care for woody plants with respect to their ecophysiological and aestethic characteristics
-Competences and skills to do the hazard tree assessment
-Knowledge in indigenous and common cultural woody plant species
-Knowledge of domestic and common cultivated woody species
-Knowledge of ecological needs of woody species
-Knowledge of laws connected with the urban green
-Problem solving ability
-The ability to solve complex interconnection of practical, economic and legislative sides care of greenery
-Tree evaluation capability
-Tree planting skills

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Three 30 minutes tests during the period to get the credit. The one who has the credit can enter the exam.
Exam is oral and will be held in the field. For entering the credit and the project are demanded. The project contains three parts -- evaluation of 100 trees from specific locality, detail evaluation of ten trees (on the level of expert witness) and evaluation of chosen instrumented evaluation of one tree. The project defines 50 % of the mark.
The exam compounds from the project plea and practical exemplary evaluation of trees, where the student has to evaluate the vitality, the stability,the health status and give the precaution proposal for chosen trees. Important part of the evaluation will be also proposal of tree protection and description of needed legislative acts.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture20 h14 h
     practice20 h0 h
     field work15 h4 h
     public presentation (oral)1 h1 h
     preparation for exam48 h60 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h20 h
     preparation of presentation2 h1 h
     elaboration and execution of projects24 h40 h
Total140 h140 h

Basic reading list
  • KOLAŘÍK, J. et al. Péče o dřeviny rostoucí mimo les . Vlašim: ČSOP Vlašim, 2003. 261 p. ISBN 80-86327-36-1.
  • KOLAŘÍK, J. et al. Péče o dřeviny rostoucí mimo les. 3rd ed. Vlašim: ČSOP, 2010. 696 p. Metodika Českého svazu ochránců přírody ;. ISBN 978-80-86327-85-3.
  • Principles of tree hazard assessment and management. London: Stationery Office, 388 p. Research for amenity trees. ISBN 0-11-753355-6.
  • The body language of trees: a handbook for failure analysis. London: The Stationary Office, 2006. 240 p. ISBN 0-11-753067-0.