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GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
Course unit
APPLIED SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY
SCP8083422, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY
Website of the academic structure http://www.geoscienze.unipd.it/corsi/corsi-di-laurea-di-secondo-livello
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/geoscienze/course/view.php?idnumber=2018-SC1180-000ZZ-2017-SCP8083422-N0
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MASSIMILIANO GHINASSI GEO/02
Other lecturers CLAUDIA AGNINI GEO/01
ANNA BREDA GEO/02
ANDREA D'ALPAOS ICAR/02
NEREO PRETO GEO/02
CRISTINA STEFANI GEO/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/01 Palaeontology and Palaeoecology 1.0
Core courses GEO/02 Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Geology 5.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Group didactic activities 1.0 16 9.0 2
Laboratory 3.0 48 27.0 No turn
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2018/2019 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 GHINASSI MASSIMILIANO (Presidente)
AGNINI CLAUDIA (Membro Effettivo)
BREDA ANNA (Supplente)
D'ALPAOS ANDREA (Supplente)
PRETO NEREO (Supplente)
STEFANI CRISTINA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic concepts of geology (structural geology, geodynamic settings, lithology (different types of rocks) and geomorphology (geomorphic configuration of the main depositional environments). Complete view of the main geological processes and main basics of geology, geomorphology, sedimentary geology and paleontology. Comprehensive knowledge of sedimentology (depositional dynamics and stratal architecture of different depositional environments), lithology and sedimentary petrography (sedimentary rocks and sediments, optical microscope analyses), paleoecology and biostratigraphy (fossil determination and biostratigraphic meaning), carbonate petrography and geochemistry (biomineralizations, geochemetry of stable isotopes)
Target skills and knowledge: The course will allow a deep integration between notions from different disciplines of sedimentary geology. The considerable amount of hours focusing on practice activities will allow to develop remarkable skills on applying notions acquired from previous courses. This will lead the students to acquire skills on facing and managing issues concerning investigation of sedimentary succession and environmental/landscape management.
Examination methods: Witten test. The test will be based on interpretation and elaboration (written report) of specific datasets, which will be provided consistently with the topics of the course.
Assessment criteria: Consistency and uniformity of the written report will be evaluated, along with the skill in describing and interpreting data. Syntax and clarity of the written text will be also considered.
Course unit contents: The course will be based on a multidisciplinary approach and will be developed on the analyses of data collected in the frame of a 3-days excursion, which will be held within the first two weeks of the course.
Content of the course will be as follows:
Introduction to the main geomorphological, geological and stratigraphic features of the selected study area (credits 0.25)
Introduction to the research program (goal of the study and schedule) and summary of the main research methodologies (credits 0.5)
Field activities and data collection (credit 1)
Sedimentology (credit 1): facies analyses and reconstruction of depositional dynamics, architectural analyses and definition of 3D sedimentary bodies, summary
Sedimentary petrography (credit 1): sediment characterization, provenance analyses, summary
Paleoecology and biostratigraphy (credit 1): determination of fossil content, biostratigraphy and ecobiostratigraphy, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, summary
Carbonate petrography and geochemistry (credit 1): biomineralizations, sclerochronology, trace elements and stable isotope geochemistry, summary
Integration of the acquired datasets and final summary (credits 0.25)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The area selected for field activities will change among different years, in order to allow the course to focus on different aspects/issues of sedimentary geology. The excursions will be carried out after an introduction, which will highlights: i) geology of the study area, ii) aim of study and related issues and iii) research methodologies. Field data and samples will be analyzed, elaborated and interpreted in the frame of the disciplines involved in the course. Final results will be integrated and discussed on order to depict an exhaustive reconstruction of the depositional history of the study sedimentary succession, and to provide responses to specific research issues.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Pdf. files provided during classes
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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