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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7079100, 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
AG0061, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track PAESAGGIO, PARCHI E GIARDINI [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination TREES FOR LANDSCAPING
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
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 AUGUSTO ZANELLA 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 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 ZANELLA AUGUSTO (Presidente)
URSO TIZIANA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ZANELLA AUGUSTO (Presidente)
URSO TIZIANA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Biology.

WORKERS taking University courses are invited to contact the professor for a specific guideline towards courses and final exams.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides practical clues and information to help the student classify trees in the field. At the end of the course each student has acquired the following knowledge/skills:
1) he/she is able to recognize and classify about 200 species of trees and large shrubs very common in all parks, gardens and urban green areas of Europe;
2) she/he is able to distinguish the native species (varieties used in the city) from the exotic ones;
3) he/she knows how to apply the concepts of ecosystem and biodiversity to urban parks and gardens;
4) she/he knows how to use the mobile phone (applications downloadable from the net) to classify the trees;
5) he/she is able to circumscribe the habitat of natural diffusion of many species of trees;
6) in addition to the type of branching and leaves, she/he recognizes the bark and buds (shape, color) of tree main species;
7 he/she knows the ecology (climate, soil) and phytosociology of native tree species.
Examination methods: Written test, 1 hour. Some general questions (about morphology and anatomy of trees organs) and 72 slides of leaves, fruits and other organs of trees, whose scientific species names must be recognized by the students (common name is evaluated as half the value of gender and species name).
Assessment criteria: The final test is composed of:
- some questions about the theoretical part of the course (9 points) +
- 72 trees selected among the trees encountered during the outdoor courses to which students are asked to assign a scientific name (latin) looking at photographs/slides of leaves, flowers, fruits, bark… (3 right names = 1 point, total of 24 points on 30).
9 + 24 = 33 points = 30 and laude.
Course unit contents: 1. Notions of natural evolution and plants history. 2. Basics of plant classification 3. Field trees classification, looking directly to natural individuals in parks and gardens. 4. Identification of trees starting from plant organs as leaves, fruits, branches, barks, other plants details often captured with a camera by the students themselves.
By teaching to recognize the trees and their ecological needs, the course prepares students to know how to effectively respond to the following Objectives of the National Strategy Analysis for Sustainable Development:
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (targets: 2,4 e 2,5);
Goal 11. 
Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable(targets: 4, 6, 7, 11a, 11b);
Goal 12. 
Ensuring sustainable consumption and production methods (targets: 2, 8, 12b);
Goal 13 Take urgent measures to fight against climate change and its consequences (targets: 1, 2, 3, 13b);
Goal 15 Protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable management of forests, combating desertification, halting and reversing land degradation and halting the loss of biodiversity (targets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Traditional lessons, power points set in Moodle. Outdoor lessons in Padua gardens and green areas, sometimes by bicycle.
Use of the cell-phone in the field for classification purposes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Outdoor training is programmed during the first lesson, agreed with the students and considering particular exigences (avoiding superposition of other courses). Visited parks and calendar are published in Moodle. The list of species to be known for validating the final test (annually adjusted following the species encountered during the outdoor training) is available in Moodle two weeks before the date of the first test. Two tests, outdistanced 2 weeks, are programmed at the beginning of the course; a third test takes place in September and a last (in two dates) in February of the following year.

Used apps: pl@ntNet, iPflanzen, British Trees, Leafshot, GardenFlower (iForest, iGarden).

Complementary information that could be required for a greater mark:
1. Natural evolution (Charles Darwin and current concept); world forests (general distribution and main biomes) and history of the European forests. 2. Basics of forest soil ecology. 3. Basics of forest typology (phytosociology, climatology, and pedology). 4. Evolution in plant taxonomy and specific morphological characters of trees species. 5. Autoecology of Alpine forest trees species, the concept of tree-soil coevolution.

WORKERS taking University studies are invited to contact the professor for a specific guideline towards courses and final exams.
Lessons (slides) available on Moodle Platform (
Office hours every open day, by appointment, upon agreement. Please contact the professor by e-mail:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ferrari M., Medici D., Alberi e Arbusti. Manuale di riconoscimento delle principali specie ornamentali.. --: Edagricole, 1138 p., 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • More D., White J., Encyclopédie des Arbres. Plus de 1800 espèces et variétés du monde. --: Flammarion, 831 p, 2005.
  • Owen J., More D., Tree guide. The most complete field guide to the trees of Britain and Europe. --: Collins, 464 p., 2004.
  • Oleg Polunin, Guida agli alberi e arbusti d'Europa. Disegni di Barbara Everard. --: Zanichelli, 208 p., 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Margot e Roland SPOHN, Guida agli Alberi d'Europa. --: Franco Muzzo Editore, 2014. 25 Euro Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Sustainable Cities and Communities Climate Action Life on Land