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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
SC08102158, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0059, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ECOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
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 TOMMASO ANFODILLO AGR/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 2
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Prerequisites: Essentials of plant biology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is designed to promote the capacity of the students to quantitatively assess the forest ecosystem as an integrated system. General ecological principles and applications to forest ecosystems will be presented.
Students will enhance their skills in measuring environments factors and in assessing the responses of trees to different conditions. The effects of the anthropogenic activity on forest dynamic will be emphasized.
The course aims to provide all the essentials to face future specific courses concerning sustainable management of forest resources and the definition of strategies for the protection of terrestrial ecosystems.
Examination methods: The exam is oral and takes place by choosing randomly 3 questions (2 in case there is a repoort of the field trip) from the list of 56 questions that have been defined.

Test of competency
To access the oral examination is required to pass a test of competency (on UNIWEB appears as partial test) that consists of 15 multiple choice questions. The test is organized 2-3 days before the oral examination. The duration of the test will be exactly 15 minutes.
In order to pass you have to achieve a score of at least 10 points (i.e. score 10 the test is passed). For every correct question is assigned 1 point for each question with the wrong answer are assigned -0.5 points, for each question left unanswered are assigned 0 points.
The certification is valid for 1 year and is not taken into consideration for the average of the final evaluation.

Report of the field trip (San Vito di Cadore)
Students who have participated in the exercise of San Vito di Cadore are obliged to produce a final report with the structure that has been shown (see documents in teaching materials). This must be submitted at least 7 days before the oral and comments and / or clarifications on the report constitute the first question for the candidate.
The candidates who presented the report will select only 2 questions from the list. It follows that the report represents 1/3 of the final evaluation of the student.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation based on student capacity of explaining processes occurring at different scales (leaf, tree, comunitiy) on the ability to connect the different topics and to predict the consequences on forest ecosystems management.
1/3 of the evaluation will be related to the report of the field trip. It will be assessed based on the ability to achieve a document as similar as possible to a scientific manuscript (abstract, completeness, capacity for analysis and discussion of results).
Course unit contents: Anthropogenic activity and affects on forest ecosystem. Forest ecology and sustainable forest management. The forest ecosystem: structure, biological diversity. Biomes and climate: temperature precipitation; structure biotic and abiotic components (1 Credit).
Field trip to S. Vito di Cadore (Laboratory of Mountain Ecology). Plant environment relationships; environmental factors measurements; tree growth: longitudinal and radial growth; leaves characteristics. Classroom activity: analysis of data collected in the field and instructions for writing the final report (3 Credits).
Atmosphere: composition, structure, circulation. Radiation: spectrum, main physical laws, assorbance, trasmittance and reflectance in the atmosphere. Factors affecting the amount of solar radiation: greenhouse effect and climate change: net radiation and radiative properties in plants (1 Credit).
Factors affecting photosynthesis and light requirement; plant water relations: water cycle, transpiration and water availability in forest ecosystems; strategies of resistance to water deficit; energy balance in different ecosystem; body temperature: physical basis; effects of low and high temperature on plants (1 Credit).
Ecosystem functionality: energy and matter flows; factor controlling the gross and the net primary productivity; trophic dynamics: food chains, ecological pyramids: populations and communities: growth models; temporal changes of ecosystems: disturbances and responses; forests and carbon balance. Forests and Kyoto protocol (2 Credits).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, field trip and classroom exercises.
Particular the importance of the field trip (San Vito di Cadore) when it will be possible, in small groups (14-18 students), to discuss many of the topics covered during the course. In addition, students will perform a research experience on the topic of forest ecology. Students will need to collect information to understand how the different water availability affects growth in Scots pine.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All presentations and all the data collected in the exercise of San Vito will be made available as well as two texts on how to prepare the final report and how to process the data.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Smith M, Smith RL, Elementi di Ecologia. --: Pearson Paravia Bruno Mondadori., 2017. nona edizione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos

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

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