Study programmes / B-ARB Arboristics / Biomechanism of Trees
Course code:BMST
Course title in language of instruction:Biomechanika stromu
Course title in Czech:Biomechanika stromu
Course title in English:Biomechanism 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; part-time, 12/0
(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; master; master continuing
Semester:WS 2020/2021 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:Ing. Martin Kult (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Luděk Praus, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Mgr. Ing. Miroslav Trcala, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Barbora Vojáčková, DiS. (instructor, lecturer)
Aims of the course:Study of tree mechanical response to the static and dynamic loading. Provide students with skills and competentions necessary for tree stability evaluation and effect of arboricultural practices on the tree stability.
Course contents:The content of the course has not been saved in this language version.
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 solve problems
-ability to speak and write in mother tongue
-ability to work independently
-basic computing skills
-capacity to learn
-professional knowledge
-science and research skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

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 and protocols from labs to get the credit. Absences are taken into account.
Exam compouns from electronic test and oral exam. The test sets the mark that can be modified during the oral part of exam.
The exam targets to the description and understanding of tree mechanical reactions, adaptive growth and analysis of related subjects having effect on the tree mecahnical beahviour.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture20 h14 h
     practice20 h0 h
     field work10 h4 h
     preparation for exam48 h60 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h20 h
     preparation of presentation0 h1 h
     elaboration of reports10 h0 h
     elaboration and execution of projects10 h10 h
Total128 h109 h

Basic reading list
  • 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.
Recommended reading list
  • NIKLAS, K J. Plant physics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2012. 426 p. ISBN 978-0-226-58632-8.
  • The body language of trees: a handbook for failure analysis. London: The Stationary Office, 2006. 240 p. ISBN 0-11-753067-0.