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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

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge: mathematics.
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 product (for example a stable, a barn).
Know the main regulatory constraints that oversee the construction and management of a zootechnical building.
Examination methods: The exam includes the following tests, each characterized by a certain weight:
- written theory exam, including a series of questions (multiple answers, open questions, exercises) on the topics covered in class. Weight 50%.
- fundamental elements for the use of CAD. Weight 20%.
- drafting of a project including a report and a series of graphic works, the drafting of which is done following the instructions given in class and a methodological scheme included in the guidelines given to the students. Weight: 30%.
Each test is quantified with one vote. The final grade derives from the weighted average of the three votes.
Course unit contents: 0,5 CFU Rudiments of construction techniques: load analysis, materials resistance, constraints and binding reactions. Building materials: types, characteristics and selection criteria. Exercises on the topics covered.

1,5 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. Ventilation and environmental control techniques. Calculation of the ventilation flow rates and selection criteria of the plants for environmental control in a stable. Exercises: sizing of a plant for the environmental control of a stable.

1 CFU Zootechnical buildings: the stables of the most widespread species and categories bred.

0,5 CFU Buildings and facilities related to the stable activity. Exercises: sizing of a stable and of the accessory structures necessary for its operation.

0,5 CFU Structures and plants for the management of zootechnical effluents. The energy exploitation of zootechnical manure. Tutorials: sizing of a plant sequence.

1,5 CFU Rudiments of CAD applied to buildings for animal husbandry (program used: ArchiCAD).

1 CFU Livestock breeding and regulatory constraints in the sector: urban planning and construction legislation, environmental legislation, animal welfare legislation and labor safety legislation. Reflections on the design methods.

1,5 CFU The design of a zootechnical center: planning and organizational aspects. Design criteria for a rural building: functional and economic aspects, the design process, safety. Tutorials: sizing of a business center; the setting up of a building project; normative requirements.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course takes place through a combined series of lectures, exercises, technical visits.
The lectures are used to deal with the themes of the program from a conceptual and theoretical point of view. They make up 60% of the total hours.
The exercises are aimed at deepening some topics covered in lectures and serve the student to better understand the problems that are faced in the sizing, by calculation, of a zootechnical structure analyzed not so much from the constructive point of view (static construction) as from the functional one (organization of the spaces, building materials), the physiology of the building (energy balance, heat transmission, air conditioning), of the regulatory constraints (environmental legislation, urban planning, construction, occupational safety). The exercises, also including part of the lessons in the CAD classroom, correspond to 30% of the total hours.
The technical outputs occupy about 10% of the total hours and tend to complete the activities carried out in the classroom by making known to students the production of particular importance and visiting trade fairs.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For the study the student can use the following elements:
- notes from the lessons;
- presentations of the various topics;
- 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 on specific topics (generally available for consultations);
- articles on specific topics, provided by the teacher

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
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos

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