Study unit
3513142 Basics of Wood Materials Science, 4 Cp  
Code 3513142  Validity 01.01.2015 -
Name Basics of Wood Materials Science  Abbreviation BasicsofWMS 
Credits 4 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Ossi Turunen 

Learning outcomes 

Cognitive skills: After the course the students will understand the structure of wood and its chemical components, and understand the basic structure-property relationships, effects of environmental factors on wood properties and behavior, as well as the properties and manufacturing principles of the most important wood and fiber and biochemical products. Students get familiar with industrial production processes and research and development methods in the field of wood materials science.

General skills: Basic concepts and methods in wood science, wood processing and manufacturing of wood products, academic writing and presentation skills, teamworking, information search. The course is especially targeted for the first-year students of MSc Wood Materials Science.


Wood structure and properties, wood-based products and production processes, wood materials science methodologies and research fields, forest industry.  

Modes of study 

Lectures, learning tasks and exams. If needed lectures are done virtually and exams will be replaced by learning tasks. Lectures (16 h). Learning tasks (25 h). Writing of literature review (40 h) and its power point presentation in a seminar (if needed in virtual form) is prepared as a team (16 h). Individual learning (11 h).

Study materials 

To be delivered during the course.

Evaluation criteria 

Examination 0-5 (0 = failed, 5 = excellent) and continuous evaluation.


Wood Materials Science professor Ossi Turunen


Every year, next time in September 2021.

Further information 

The course is held in English. The course is mainly intended as an orientation course for new MSc Wood Materials Science students.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Registration ended Basics of Wood Materials Science  General examination  Ossi Turunen 
03.06.22fri 12.00-16.00