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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4060699, 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
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track FOREST AND NATURE FOR THE FUTURE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 LORENZO MARINI AGR/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge: The students will acquire solid ecological knowledge to understand the impacts of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The content of the course is relevant for students interested in ecological issues applied to environmental and forest sciences

Target skills: Develop critical thinking and innovative natural resource problem-solving skills; Work, learn, and apply knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary environment; Engage in active, student-directed learning that will prepare students for professional life; Refine written and oral communication skills
Examination methods: To be defined
Assessment criteria: There are four key assessment criteria:
1. Knowledge (30%): Knowledge of the topics presented during the lessons (body of the course)
2. Analysis & Interpretation (30%): Demonstration of a clear grasp of the concepts. Application of appropriate methodology in different contexts; ability to apply an independent approach or interpretation outside the cases presented during the lectures.
3. Structure (20%): Demonstration of the ability to structure a work (written or oral) with clarity, relevance and coherence; ability to extract the key messages.
4. Presentation (20%): Ability to clearly present a problem or a topic with accuracy of grammar and spelling; correct and clear presentation of charts/graphs/tables or other data. Appropriate and correct referencing throughout.
Course unit contents: The course will provide the students with knowledge of the origin and distribution of biodiversity, methodologies to sample, measure and analyze biodiversity data, and the consequences of biodiversity loss on ecosystem functioning and society.
The course is divided in four units:
i. Biodiversity: definitions, sampling and data analysis
ii. Natural and anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity
iii. Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, and ecosystem services
iv. Conservation and mitigation measures
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: i. Class lectures
ii. Individual project on a real case study of conservation biology
iii. Field work and analysis of ecological data using R (8 hours)
Additional notes about suggested reading: The content of the course is not fully covered by a single text book. The teaching materials are the following (in order of importance):
i. Lecture notes
ii. Gaston K.J., Spicer J.I. (2003) Biodiversity: an introduction. 2nd ed. Wiley
iii. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) Ecosystems and human well-being: a framework for assessment. Island Press []
iv. Scientific papers provided during the classes

The materials can be found at: and at the lecturer’s personal webpage
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)