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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG02109607, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0062, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination XILOLOGY AND WOOD TECHNOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge TIZIANA URSO AGR/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/06 Wood Technology and Woodland Management 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: General botany: plant cell, tree organization, plant tissues, xylem and phloem, primary and secondary growth.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of the course is to give the knowledge about wood structure and technological properties of most commonly used Italian woods, and the capacity to identified them and the most common abnomalities.
Examination methods: Examination will be in oral form.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will consider the knowledge of the theoretical arguments and the ability to identify wood species
Course unit contents: Macroscopic and microscopic characteristics of wood of softwood and hardwood. Chemical composition and ultrastructure of cell wall. The mechanism of wood formation. Variation of wood structure. Abnormalities of wood. Macro- and microscopic characteristics of most commonly used Italian woods and their identification, with indications regarding their most frequent uses. Density and specific gravity. Hygroscopicity. Shrinkage and swelling. Mechanical, thermal, acoustical, electrical properties.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pollini C., Manuale per la classificazione visuale qualitativa del legno tondo di Abete Rosso, Abete Bianco e Larice. Trento: --, 2006. scaricabile liberamente: Cerca nel catalogo
  • USDA, Wood Handbook, Wood as an Engineering Material. Madison, WI: U.S.: Dep. of Agriculture, Forest Product Laboratory, 2010. scaricabile liberamente:
  • Nardi Berti R., La struttura anatomica del legno ed il riconoscimento dei legami italiani di piĆ¹ corrente impiego.. Firenze: C.N.R. Istituto del legno, 2006.
  • Tsoumis G., Science and technology of wood. Structure, properties, utilization. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giordano G., Tecnologia del legno, Vol. 1. Torino: UTET, 1998. disponibile in biblioteca Cerca nel catalogo
  • Berti S, Nocetti M, Sozzi L, I difetti del legno. --: Compagnia delle foreste, 2013. scaricabile da Cerca nel catalogo
  • Richter C., Wood Characteristics. Description, Causes, Prevention, Impact on Use and Technological Adaptation. --: Springer, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Peer assessment
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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