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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078780, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST AND NATURE FOR THE FUTURE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination REDUCED IMPACT TIMBER HARVESTING
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 STEFANO GRIGOLATO AGR/09

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/09 Agricultural Mechanics 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 GRIGOLATO STEFANO (Presidente)
CAVALLI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of silviculture system and economics of forest resources. Also a basic knowledge on GIS analysis is suggested.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will acquire the basic concepts and practices of forest operation within the context of managing forest resources and ecosystems sustainability.
The students will be able to understand the timber harvesting process and explain interactions between logging, roads and transport systems both in close-to nature forest as in plantation forest. Again the students will be able to understand the linkages between timber harvesting and wood transportation logistic. Also the students will acquire basic concepts to evaluate and synthesize environmental and economic aspects to determine and describe appropriate harvesting technology and mitigating measures to reduce timber harvesting impacts.
Examination methods: The examination consists in a presentation of a case study chosen by the student. The case study structure should include: the description of the logging site including also the aims of the logging operation, the identification of the wood products, the identification of the logging system, the technical and economic analysis and the evaluation of the environmental impacts.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the ability and the knowledge acquired through the course and on the capacity to apply appropriate methodologies of analysis to the case study.
Course unit contents: Cost-efficiency and sustainable forest operation through a reduced impact of forest harvesting means appropriate planning and high capacity to evaluate forest harvesting operations.

The course is subdivided in 3 parts:
Part 1: basic technology knowledge of logging operation and wood transportation
Part 2: basic knowledge to analyse forest operation efficiency
Part 3: basic concepts to evaluate and synthesize environmental aspects of the forest operation
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will consist in frontal lectures and in laboratory activities (decision analysis based on spreadsheet models) during which student could analyze technical and operational issues of forest operation.
Some field trips and practical activities are planned in the Alps
Additional notes about suggested reading: The content of the course is not fully covered by a single text book. The teaching materials is based on: (i) lecture notes, (ii) Scientific papers provided during the lectures, (iii) Technical books.
The lecturing material will be available at (Moodle Platform of the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine School)
The teacher receives students by appointment via e-mail
Office is located at TESAF Department in Agripolis - First Stecca (Prima stecca), third floor, room 59
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)