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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01122491, 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
AG0065, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HUSBANDRY BUILDING AND DESIGN
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 GUERCINI AGR/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/10 Rural Construction and Environmental Land Management 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10  Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 GUERCINI STEFANO (Presidente)
FRISO DARIO (Membro Effettivo)
9 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 GUERCINI STEFANO (Presidente)
FRISO DARIO (Membro Effettivo)
8 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 GUERCINI STEFANO (Presidente)
FRISO DARIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge: mathematics and physics.
Specific propaedeutical teachings: those related to the zootechnical sciences.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowing how to size a zootechnical structure, from the single building to an entire settlement, from a functional, constructive and plant point of view.
To read an existing architectural project; possess the basic elements to be able to graphically represent a zootechnical building (e.g. a stable, a barn).
Examination methods: The examination of profit is carried out, in oral form, at the end of the course according to the official calendar. The exam includes a series of questions on the topics of the program and the discussion of the project. The methods and topics of the exam will be specified during a special meeting towards the end of the lessons. Worker students are advised to contact the teacher to be received and to agree on specific methods of examination.
Course unit contents: Rudiments of construction techniques: load analysis, materials resistance, constraints and binding reactions. Building materials: types, characteristics and selection criteria. Exercises on the topics covered. 0.5 CFU
The heat loss of a building. Calculation of the heating and cooling needs of a building. Exercises: calculation of the thermal insulation of a building. 1.5 CFU
Ventilation and environmental control techniques. Criteria for the choice of plants. Exercises: calculation of the ventilation needs of a stable. 1.5 CFU
Constructional, functional and plant characteristics of buildings used for the breeding of the most widespread animal categories. 2.0 CFU
The main regulatory constraints of the sector: urban planning and construction legislation, environmental legislation, safety regulations in the workplace. 1.0 CFU
Criteria for the design of a zootechnical settlement. Tutorials: CAD concepts and drafting of a simple project. 1.5 CFU
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes lectures (about 60% of the total hours), exercises in the classroom (about 30%) and technical visits (about 10%). The lectures are used to frame, from a systematic and theoretical point of view, the topics that characterize the course (see the "Contents" section). The exercises have the function of completing the knowledge of the topics covered during the lectures. This group includes the exercises carried out in the margins of the lectures and the drafting of a project (see the last point of the "Contents" section).
The project, whose topic is assigned to each student during the first lessons, has the function of exploiting the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lectures. It will be done gradually during the course (part in the classroom, part with the work at home) and will be commensurate so that it can be completed by the end of the lessons. More organizational details will be provided in class. Worker students are advised to contact the teacher to agree on how the project will be carried out. The technical visits are intended to complete the activities carried out in the classroom by making known to students the production and industrial reality and trade fairs considered significant.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For the study the student can use the following elements:
- notes from the lessons;
- the copy of slides presented during the frontal lessons;
- handouts provided by the teacher on some topics;
- generic texts (for the study of those topics not covered by handouts and in the absence of notes);
- texts and articles on specific topics (generally available for consultations).
The lesson material will be available at: (Moodle platform of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. Chiumenti, A. Chiumenti, P. Chiumenti, Genio Rurale. Bologna: Edagricole Scolastico, --. disponibile in formato cartaceo e digitale
  • P. Rossi, A. Gastaldo, P. Ferrari, Ricoveri, attrezzature e impianti per l'allevamento dei suini. --: Edizioni L'Informatore Agrario, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Rossi, S. Betti, Stalle per vacche da latte. --: Edizioni L'Informatore Agrario, 1999. seconda edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.A. Lindley, J.H. Whitaker, Agricultural Buildings and Structures. --: ASAE, 1996. disponibile per consultazione Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering Animal Production & Aquacultural Engineering Vol II. --: CIGR-ASAE, 1999. disponibile per consultazione
  • P. Rossi, A. Gastaldo, P. Ferrari, Strutture, attrezzature e impianti per le vacche da latte. --: Edizioni L'Informatore Agrario, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • vari, Dairy Housing and Equipment Systems. --: Natural Resource, Agricolture, and Engineering Ser, 2000. disponibile per consultazione

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
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  • Case study
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Life on Land