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Wood Science

Beyond Building

The central question of this course: “why study wood?” If “why study wood” is the question, one answer would be that it is the only raw material available to us that is truly renewable in human life span terms. Wood is as important to society today as it ever was, despite the development of many man-made substitute materials, changing resource availability, and the changing needs of society. Some items on the list of wood products stay the same (lumber, plywood and veneer for building construction, furniture, shipping pallets & crates and other containers & packaging materials, railroad ties, utility poles, chemical feed stocks, etc), but the list also keeps changing to meet new needs and challenges as the resource changes.

In short, wood is a far more diverse, green, and renewable resource than you might have imagined. Join us to learn about the important role of wood in human history, civilization, and our future.

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
- describe wood as a raw material and its critical importance to the world economy, and the lives of the people that make that economy work.
- identify the projected trend for wood consumption to continue to grow in the coming years, despite the image of wood as a "low tech" material.
- identify the ways in which wood's properties can lead to its efficient and sustainable use.
-identify wood's positive role in boosting the world economy and ability to lead to unexpected vocations.

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West Virginia University

Rating 4.3 based on 23 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts May 28 (30 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From West Virginia University via Coursera
Instructors Lawrence Osborn, Jeffrey Slahor
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Science Engineering Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Biology Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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What people are saying

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generally uninformative if in one review

Generally uninformative if already working in the industry, your probably know more than what this course has to offer.

science & forestry in one review

Thank you for your work and I'm looking forward to the next "Wood Science & Forestry" course.

those helped tremendously in one review

Those helped tremendously.

bigger depth rather in one review

Your corse gives a great incentive go to forward with learnig more and working more with wood, looking at it in bigger depth rather than a conventient material only.

never knew before in one review

As a woman, I learned a surprising amount of stuff I never knew before

quickly becomes obvious in one review

Loved the honest simplicity of the teachers though it quickly becomes obvious that there is a huge industry behind it.

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Operations raw material coordinator $73k

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Inventory and Raw Material Planner $82k

Senior Raw Material Coordinator $89k

Raw Material Program Manager $102k

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Coursera

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West Virginia University

Rating 4.3 based on 23 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts May 28 (30 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From West Virginia University via Coursera
Instructors Lawrence Osborn, Jeffrey Slahor
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Science Engineering Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Biology Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability