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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 hours/week...

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Welcome and Global Use

8 videos (Total 52 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Book Recommendations8m
Organization Recommendations5m
Forest Cover and Harvests: Part A4m
Forest Cover and Harvests: Part B6m
Comparing Fuel Values2m
Managing Forests8m
Harvesting Wood12m
4 readings
About Names10m
Commercial Species10m
Hardwoods vs Softwoods10m
Characteristics and Availability of Commercially Important Woods10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz18m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Basic Wood Science

10 videos (Total 57 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
Wood Structure & Moisture Content: Part B8m
Wood Structure & Moisture Content: Part C6m
Wood Challenges and Solutions4m
Solving the Riddle3m
Stress Tests3m
Anisotropic Nature of Wood5m
Wood Decay and Preservation: Part A7m
Wood Decay and Preservation: Part B5m
Wood Decay and Preservation: Part C7m
7 readings
Moisture and Normal Wood Behavior10m
Moisture Relations & Physical Properties of Wood10m
Drying & Control of Moisture Content & Dimensional Changes10m
Wood Qualities10m
Stress in Wood10m
Estimating Dimensional Changes10m
A Rotten Shame. 1985 Phipps Conservatory Wood Repairs Need Redoing10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz40m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Wood Products

9 videos (Total 67 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Andrew White: Guitar, Part B9m
Andrew White: Guitar, Part C8m
Solid Wood Flooring4m
Engineered Wood Flooring: Part A9m
Engineered Wood Flooring: Part B9m
Modern/Engineered Wood Products: Part A5m
Modern/Engineered Wood Products: Part B6m
Making Engineered Wood Products4m
4 readings
Wood Products: Introducing Andrew White10m
CITES: The Lacey Act10m
Engineered Wood Composites10m
Historic Glued-Laminated Arches Evaluated for Structural Quality10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz28m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Wood and the Environment

10 videos (Total 56 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
Climate Science: Part B7m
Life Cycle Analysis3m
Life Cycle Analysis of Railroad Ties4m
Invasive Species: Part A9m
Invasive Species: Part B8m
Land Use4m
Impact of Supply and Demand8m
Sustainable Management4m
Bonus: Outtakes2m
7 readings
Understanding the Carbon Cycle; Readings from NASA.10m
reThink Wood: Life Cycle Assessment10m
CORRIM Fact Sheet: The Role of Forests, Management, and Forest Products on Carbon Mitigation10m
Tree-of-Heaven: Ailanthus altissima10m
Demand and Sustainability10m
Forests and Population Growth10m
Bonus: Outtakes10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz22m
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Top reviews from Wood Science: Beyond Building

By MMApr 24th 2018

Very imformative, very engaging, very inspiring!\n\nAn awesome course to be taken and the knowledge shared here is simply shocking and usefull.\n\nTHANK YOU.

By KGJun 1st 2019

Very useful to understand about the American wood industry. Also helps know about some general information about wooden materials and wood itself.

Instructors

Lawrence Osborn

Research Associate
Davis College Division of Forestry & Natural Resources

Jeffrey Slahor

Research Instructor
Davis College Division of Forestry & Natural Resources

About West Virginia University

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