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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073941, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track PLANT HEALTH [003LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 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
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: 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

Knowledge: broaden student understanding of landscape ecological processes in relation to pest and pathogen spatial dynamics and management
Examination methods: Presentation of a case study (50%)
Written exam (six open questions) (40%)
Literature synthesis (2 page mini-review) (10%)
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: This course will deal with modern landscape ecology applied to understand the spatial dynamics of pests and pathogens and to develop pro-active landscape management. The course will provide a landscape perspective to the students, integrating their knowledge on more traditional local management of pests and pathogens. The course will also provide an in-depth understanding of the ecology of exotic invasive pests and pathogens relevant for agriculture.

The course is structured in four units:
1) Landscape ecology: introduction and scale; causes of landscape pattern in agricultural landscapes; introduction to models; landscape metrics; spatial statistics
2) Tools in landscape ecology: available free GIS-tools
3) Invasion ecology of alien pests and pathogens: pathways, trends; establishment, spread; management
4) Pests and pathogens and landscape patterns: spatial dynamics and landscape management for sustainable control

During the course the students will develop a case study around a real pest or pathogen problem tackled with a landscape approach.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The main planned learning activities and teaching methods include: lectures by teacher; problem solving or case studies through individual project; reports on published research studies by students; student group discussion; one-minute paper and other student self-assessment activities during classes
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)