Wood Structure and Properties

Course Information
TitleΔΟΜΗ ΚΑΙ ΙΔΙΟΤΗΤΕΣ ΤΟΥ ΞΥΛΟΥ / Wood Structure and Properties
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID420000052

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The students learn about the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of wood, the variability and differences among different species. They can recognize wood defects on standing trees and harvested stems and grade wood assortments. Finally, they can choose the correct species for further usage according to its properties.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Physical and macroscopic characteristics, identification of wood. Microscopic struc¬ture, chemical composition and wood in¬fra¬struc¬ture. Mechanism of wood for¬mation. Variation and abnormalities of wood structure. Density, hygroscopicity, shrinkage and swelling of wood. Mechanical, thermal, electrical and acoustic properties. Natural durability of wood.
wood identification, wood properties, wood utilization
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of multimedia during the theory and laboratory exercises. Extensive email use for communication purposes with the students.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work26
Reading Assigment46
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities6
Written assigments15
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Τσουμής, Γεώργιος, 2009. Δομή και Ιδιότητες Ξύλου. Εκδόσεις Γαρταγάνης. (Κωδ. Εύδοξου 2268)
Additional bibliography for study
Βουλγαρίδης Ηλίας, 2015. Ποιότητα και χρήσεις του Ξύλου. Διαθέσιμο ελεύθερα στο αποθετήριο Κάλλιπος: http://hdl.handle.net/11419/5260
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