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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4064946, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination GIS APPLICATIONS IN AGRICULTURE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Teacher in charge PAOLO TAROLLI AGR/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 4.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 TAROLLI PAOLO (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 TAROLLI PAOLO (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Minimal knowledge required:
• Basic use of personal computer
• Basic knowledge of the Office Platform (Excel)
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the students with a specific learning opportunity in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in agriculture.
The aim of the course is to illustrate the features and functionality of the Geographic Information Systems, in particular of the spatial analysis functions that distinguish them from the more generic tools for cartographic mapping.
A further objective is the verification and evaluation of the databases required for a GIS.
The course presents the main functions of the platform ESRI ArcGIS 10.x ; the tool shown was chosen in relation to its large diffusion and presence for organizations and administrations at national and international level.
Examination methods: At the end of the course students are required to complete a practical examination to evaluate the acquired skills.
Assessment criteria: Correctness of the obtained results, knowledge of the procedures, quality of the work (work organization, organization of data, quality of presented outputs).
Course unit contents: The course will be divided into several modules that will develop both methodological and operational subjects referring to the following components :

• Introduction to GIS
• Available geographical data (public or commercial)
• Overview of the ArcGIS platform and its component
• Introduction to cartography and geographic systems
<Practical session (coordinate systems)>
• The vector data model
<Practical session (basic GIS applications with the use of a geographic dataset )>
• Basic operations on vector data
<Practical session (managing attribute tables, charts, import external data, query tools and selection)>
• Editing vector data
<Practical session (Creating layers, data management)>
• The raster data model
<Practical session (raster data management)>
• Raster data analysis
<Practical session (interpolation, raster calculator)>
• Page layout settings

At the end of each section, a GIS application of a real case study will be considered.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching will be full immersion, with daily applications in GIS lab. The lectures will be organized into seminars and theoretical applications.
In the first part of the lesson the methodologies and operational activities necessary to the resolution of the topics covered will be presented, in the second part of the session, the students will practically apply the acquired theoretical knowledge. The class is mainly dedicated to practices, with simulations of the covered topics.
The students will learn how to manage in GIS environment some critical issues in agriculture, with the analysis of real case studies.
Additional notes about suggested reading: At the end of each lesson the students receive a handout on the topics covered.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land