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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4060702, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST SCIENCE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST RESOURCES EXPLOITATION
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

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione valida dall'a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 GRIGOLATO STEFANO (Presidente)
CAVALLI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)
3 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 GRIGOLATO STEFANO (Presidente)
CAVALLI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 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 timber exploitation 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 other aspects of natural resource management and components of the wood supply chain. Also the students will acquire basic concepts to evaluate and synthesize environmental and economic aspects of specific operating environments 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: The sustainable forest exploitation through a reduced impact of forest harvesting means appropriate planning and high capacity to evaluate forest harvesting operations.
The course is subdivided in 4 Parts:
Part 1: basic technology knowledge of logging operation and wood transportation
Part 2: basic knowledge on forest road network analysis
Part 3: basic concepts to evaluate and synthesize technical and economic aspects of the wood exploitation
Part 4: basic concepts to evaluate and synthesize environmental aspects of the wood exploitation
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will consist in frontal lectures and in laboratory activities (GIS and decision analysis based on spreadsheet models) during which they analyze technical and operational issues of different forest exploitation systems.
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 is 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)