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SCP8085518, 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
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
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 ALESSANDRO FONTANA GEO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/04 Physical Geography and Geomorphology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Practice 1.5 18 19.5 No turn
Lecture 3.5 28 59.5 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 FONTANA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
FABBRI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
FLORIS MARIO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Good theorical knowledge and field experience in geological and geomorphological survey, with skills in interpreting morphologies and deposits through remote sensing.
Basic knowledge of GIS software.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at teaching to the student the capability of producing geological maps and characterization of the Quaternary deposits with high definition (scale 1:1000 - 1:10,000), also through the use of GIS and graphic software.
The thought survey methodologies are functional to the characterization of an area where the stratigraphic, morphological and structural aspects are highlighted for purposes related to the territorial planning (e.g. Piani assetto Territoriale - PAT and Environmental Assessment - VIA).
The surveys are also functional to the assessment of geological and environmental hazards and to the research of georesources.
Examination methods: The examination is oral and is based on questions about the program explained during the lectures and the discussion of the cartographic products (paper maps and digital version of maps, profiles and reports) produced during the exercitations in the lab and on the field.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of the student is based on his/her ability to demonstrate an understand the topics of the course. In particular, on the ability to explain and apply the methodologies of survey and mapping generally required by professional geologists in the works for private clients and for public institutions (regions, municipalities).
Course unit contents: The course is divided into several main themes:

- Theory and methods of Quaternary Geology.
- Allostratigraphy and Unconfromity Bounded Stratigraphic Units (UBSU); stratigraphic and cartographic criteria for the detection of the new geological map of Italy (CARG Project).
- Recognition, characterization and detailed mapping of glacial, alluvial and slope deposits.
- Evolution of Italy and neighboring areas during the Quaternary period.
- Use of georeferenced databases and their management within CARG and for the cartographic production.
- Use of Software and cartographic editing.
- Survey, processing and mapping of information useful for the production of documents related to territorial planning such as Regional Planning Plans, Hydrogeological Planning Plans (PAI) and Environmental Impact Assessment (VIA in Italy).
- Principles, techniques and instrumentation of the survey of Quaternary deposits in marine platforms for application purposes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of lectures, fieldwork and classroom exercises.
Three excursions in different geological setting (mountain/hill; alluvial plain and valleys) are planned, during which the Quaternary deposits will be surveyed in different geological contexts.
Also exercises in the computer lab are planned, with the use of the GIS software ArcMap and the Adobe Illustrator software, with teh aim of creating the digital representation of the geological cartography and learn the fundamental operations to arrive at the preparation of a map prepared with the symbologies and the specific graphics required in the typical professional works and in the surveys of the national geological map of Italy (CARG project).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes provided by the teacher and notes taken during the lessons, in classroom exercises and during field trips. The teacher will provide indications regarding the parts of the recommended texts in which to carry out in-depth analysis of what was discussed in the classroom.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bradley R.P., Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary. --: Academic Press, 2014. 3rd Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Carraro F., Geologia del Quaternario - L'evoluzione geologica degli ambienti superficiali. Palermo: Dario Flaccovio editore, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

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