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Global wood business (5 cr)

Code: AT00CU23-3001

General information


21.11.2022 - 08.01.2023


06.02.2023 - 30.04.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Faculty of Technology (LAB)



Teaching languages

  • English

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Wood Technology


  • Esa Mikkonen

Scheduling groups

  • Luennot (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Luennot 1

Learning outcomes

Student understands
- the global nature of modern wood products business.
- the combination of local nature of production through raw materials against varying demands in different parts of the globe
- competitive product and service offerings
- logistic options and challenges
- future trends and possibilities for the industry

Implementation and methods of teaching

Global Wood Business can be done on a remote basis, but there are possibilities for interaction with the lecturer.

Timing and attendance

The course will be conducted during Spring 2023
Successful passing of the course will require the understanding of all study material. This can also be done on a remote basis.

Learning material and recommended literature

Studies will be based on different lecture materials given in the Moodle. Emphasis on the lectures themselves but it is expected that the students get familial with all other given material.

Alternative completion methods

This course is available on a remote course

Working life cooperation

The course makes references to the history of wood product trade, often through company examples.

Exam retakes

Students are expected to obtain min 50% pass from the final exam. No repeats are possible.

Learning environment

Studies can be done from home environment

Student time use and work load

This 5 ECTS point course - covering past, present and future of the wood business - requires understanding from a wide variety of topics, which are linked to course contents. This may require some extra reading, but the work load will be kept reasonable.


Study topics include:
History of of global wood product trade
Regional differences of wood product use
Product choices and main drivers for the use of wood
Importance of logistics in global trade
Environmental argumentation
Case work: Wood in India
Future vision

Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc.

Students are expected to be interested in global history, as well as have some previous understanding from the field of forestry and forest products.

Assessment criteria

Students will be assessed with the final multiple choice exam. The case study work will also be taken into account.

Assessment scale


Failed (0)

Student does not understand the main concepts on global trading, especially in the context of wood products

Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

Student has learned the basics of global wood trade and concepts linked to it

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

Student has a fair understanding of the global wood product trade. He/she can also identify regional differences, as well as the possibilities / limitations for the use of wood based goods in various regions.

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

Student has near professional understanding of the complexity of the topic. He/she can also identify future trends and the possibilities created either by new products or new opportunities in the environment.