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SCL1001042, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge CRISTINA STEFANI GEO/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/02 Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Geology 4.0
Core courses GEO/03 Structural Geology 4.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 0.0 24 0.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.25 36 20.25 No turn
Lecture 5.75 46 97.75 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 GEOLOGIA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 STEFANI CRISTINA (Presidente)
RIGO MANUEL (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge acquired in the courses of Chemistry, Mineralogy and Paleontology
Target skills and knowledge: Description and classification of sedimentary rocks; understanding the processes leading to the formation of sedimentary rocks and of the main geological processes that affect the Earth system, with reference to geological history of North-eastern Italy.
Examination methods: Description and classification of sedimentary rocks; interpretation of geological maps; open questions on the lectures. Two written tests with open questions will be made during the course.
Assessment criteria: Learning course content
Course unit contents: Sedimentary rocks. Textures and structures. Description and classification.
The bedding. Internal structures, polarity of sedimentary successions. Principles of stratigraphy.
Geochronology. Stratigraphic units and correlations. Stratigraphic discontinuities.
Facies and depositional environments. Sedimentary cycles.
Elements of structural geology: rock deformation, faults and folds. Earthquakes. Internal structure of the Earth. Lithosphere and asthenosphere. Isostasy. Heat flows. Paleomagnetism and seafloor expansion. Hot spots.
Plate tectonics. Plate margins. Arc-trench systems. Plate tectonics and orogeny. Ophiolites.
Elements of Geology of the Eastern Southern Alps.
Tutorials: macroscopic identification of sedimentary rocks and sedimentary structures, reading of geological maps,running
of geological sections.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Examples and exercises; description of sedimentary rocks and their classification; interpretation of geological maps; interpretation of sedimentary successions with particular reference to northeastern Italy; field excursions with observation and interpretation of natural phenomena.
Additional notes about suggested reading: teacher's handouts and iconographic material used for lectures and exercises will be available.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Press F., Siever R., Grotzinger J. & Jordan T.H., Capire la Terra. --: Zanichelli, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Doglioni C., Enciclopedia degli idrocarburi: Tettonica delle placche. --: Treccani, 2010.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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