Applied Silviculture

Course Information
TitleΕφαρμοσμένη Δασοκομία / Applied Silviculture
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600019450

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Dasologías kai Fysikoý Perivállontos (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 56
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Compulsory CoursesCompulsory Course635

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1)They know the historical evoluation and contemporary trends of Silviculture at a global level. 2)They know the scientific terminology and the distinction and characteristics of forests, and the discipline of Silviculture. 3) They know the management and silvicultural types of forests, their creation and the apropriate silvicultural measures for each of them. 4)Know the regeneration methods for every forest stand type. 5)Know the silvicultural measures applied in each developmental stage for the even-aged forests, and those must be applied in uneven-aged forests (all-aged and group selection forests). 6) They can plan appropriate silvicultural treatments for forests, in relation to climate change.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Trends and historical evolution of Silviculture worldwide. Modern approaches and traditional Silviculture. Scientific terminology of characteristics and distinction of forests. Stand knowledge (distinction of forest stands according to their establishment method, structure and composition), pure and mixed stands, silvicultural management unit. Characteristics of natural undisturbed forest. Even-aged stands, uneven-aged stands, all-aged stands, advantages and disadvantages. Seed origin forests (high forests), coppice forest, intermediate types. Types of cuttings, clear-cutting, single-tree, shade, crasped, regeneration cutting, fruiting type. Natural forest regeneration, under canopy, gap regeneration, in post-forest environments. Basic methods and techniques of natural regeneration. Regeneration with shady successional fellings, regeneration with craspedic fellings, regeneration in clusters. Determining the general and special regeneration time, regeneration centers, ways of expanding and combining them. Regeneration of the entire stand. Artificial establishment of forests. Stages of forest development. Cultivation (Tending) of the forest, general principles, cultivation measures. Cultivation of newly establishement stands, thickets, mature stands, pruning, cultivation of secondary stands. Tending of all-aged stands. Conversion of coppice forests to high forest. The current state of our Greek forests and the driving factors led to it. Rehabilitation of degraded forests, ennobling thinnings. Single-tree selection practice in the field.
Forest stand regeneration, tending, coppice stand conversion, forest stand types
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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
Course Organization
Laboratory Work260.9
Reading Assigment561.9
Student Assessment
The achievement of the learning objectives will be evaluated based on the written examination of the course at the end of the semester, the delivery of individual work, and the successful examinations of the Laboratory. In order to secure a passable grade (at least 5) it is required: - Achieving a passable grade in the final exam which includes Multiple Choice and Extended Answer questions from the course material. - Attendance and conducting practical exercises in the field (forest). - The delivery of individual work. - The successful examination in the Laboratory practices.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ντάφης Σπ. 1990. Εφαρμοσμένη Δασοκομία. Εκδόσεις Γιαχούδη-Γιαπούλη. Θεσσαλονίκη Ζάγκας Θ. 2023. Εφαρμοσμένη Δασοκομική. University Studio Press. Θεσσαλονίκη
Additional bibliography for study
The Practice of Silviculture: Applied Forest Ecology, 10th Edition, 2018. Mark S. Ashton, Matthew J. Kelty, ISBN: 978-1-119-27095.
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