Study programmes / B-ARB Arboristics / Forestry Xylology
Course code:LEX
Course title in language of instruction:Lesnická xylologie
Course title in Czech:Lesnická xylologie
Course title in English:Forestry Xylology
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; part-time, 20/0
(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
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Vladimír Gryc, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Hanuš Vavrčík, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites:not State Bachelor Examination or now State Bachelor Examination
Aims of the course:The goal is to provide information about wood structure, its chemical composition and physical and mechanical properties. Also wood formation processes and influence of different factors are discussed. Students will get a practical skill to identify common European wood species both on macroscopic and microscopic level.
Course contents:
1.Macroscopic structure of wood (allowance 4/12)
2.Chemical composition of wood (allowance 2/0)
3.Wood anatomy (allowance 4/12)
4.Factors affecting phloemo- and xylogenesis (allowance 2/0)
5.Wood defects (allowance 2/2)
6.Physical and mechanical properties of wood overview (allowance 6/2)
7.Non-destructive and destructive methods in wood quality assessment (allowance 2/0)
8.Effect of forest treatments on wood quality (allowance 2/0)
9.Wood structure relations to biomechanics of tree (allowance 2/0)
10.Basics of wood preservations (allowance 2/0)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to work independently
-capacity to learn
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability to identify European wood species at macroscopic level
-Ability to identify European wood species at microscopic level
-Ability to identify wood defects
-Ability to work with a microscope
-Basic knowledge of physical and mechanical properties of wood
-Knowledge of chemical composition of wood

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:credit
- at least 80% attendance
- 2 tests during the course (max. 40 points for both tests, at least 22 points)
- submission of a project during the course
- practical test of wood identification -- macroscopic samples (at least 8 of 10 samples)
- practical test of wood identification -- microscopic samples (at least 3 of 4 samples)

- prerequisite: credit is compulsory for final exam participation
- form: e-test in University Information System
- duration: 35 min.
- number of questions: 50 where 3 of them must be absolutely correct
- test evaluation: min. 70 %
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h0 h
     practice28 h0 h
     consultation0 h20 h
     preparation for exam50 h78 h
     preparation for regular assessment30 h38 h
     elaboration of reports4 h4 h
Total140 h140 h

Basic reading list
  • GANDELOVÁ, L. -- ŠLEZINGEROVÁ, J. -- HORÁČEK, P. Nauka o dřevě. 3rd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2009. 176 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-312-2.
  • ŠLEZINGEROVÁ, J. -- GANDELOVÁ, L. Stavba dřeva: cvičení. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 1999. 129 p. ISBN 80-7157-400-7.
  • ŠLEZINGEROVÁ, J. -- GANDELOVÁ, L. Stavba dřeva. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2002. 187 p. ISBN 80-7157-636-0.
Recommended reading list
  • POŽGAJ, A. -- CHOVANEC, D. -- KURJATKO, S. -- BABIAK, M. Štruktúra a vlastnosti dreva. 1st ed. Bratislava: Príroda, 1993. 485 p. ISBN 80-07-00600-1.
  • HOADLEY, R. Identifying Wood : Accurate results with simple tools. 1st ed. Newtown: Taunton Press, 1990. 223 p. ISBN 0-942391-04-7.
  • WAGENFÜHR, R. Holzatlas. 5th ed. München: Fachbuchverlag Leipzig im Carl Hanser Verlag, 2000. 707 p. ISBN 3-446-21390-2.
  • SCHWEINGRUBER, F H. -- SCHULZE, E. Atlas of woody plant stems: evolution, structure, and environmental modifications. Berlin: Springer, 2006. 229 p. ISBN 3-540-32523-9.