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SCL1000675, 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
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
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 NICOLA SURIAN GEO/04
Other lecturers ALBERTO CARTON GEO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses GEO/04 Physical Geography and Geomorphology 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 0.0 6 0.0 No turn
Practice 1.5 18 19.5 No turn
Laboratory 0.5 8 4.5 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.2008 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of chemistry, physics, and mathematics
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to give the basic principles and methods for (i) understanding the earth as a planet (e.g. earth form and relationships between earth and sun), the atmosphere (air pressure, winds, moisture, precipitation), and the hydrosphere; (ii) analysis and interpretation of landforms and geomorphological processes; (iii) using topographic and geomorphological maps.
Examination methods: Oral
Assessment criteria: Students are assessed according to the following criteria: (i) ability to explain and discuss about the different topics, using appropriate terminology; (ii) ability to link different topics and to give an overall interpretation of landscape (e.g. to link a range of forms and processes within a given area); (iii) ability in using topographic maps (e.g. interpretation of main physical features from topographic maps).
Course unit contents: The course is organized in 4 parts:

1) Physical geography (24 hours)
Earth form and geographic grid; relationship between earth and sun.
The atmosphere. Insolation and temperature; atmospheric pressure and wind; global atmospheric and oceanic circulation; atmospheric moisture and precipitation.
Global climates: classification of the different types of climate.
The hydrosphere.

2) Geomorphology (24 hours)
Landforms and geomorphological processes: structural; gravitational; fluvial; karst; glacial; periglacial; aeolian; costal.

3) Use and interpretation of topographic and geomorphological maps (18 hours)
Basic concepts of cartography: type of maps; cartographic projections; coordinate systems.
Laboratory: use and interpretation of topographic (IGM and CTR) and geomorphological maps.

4) One day field excursion (8 hours)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: lectures using Power Point;
laboratory using topographic and geomorphological maps;
one field excursion focusing on different geomorphological aspects (karst, fluvial, glacial forms and processes).
Additional notes about suggested reading: .pdf files of lectures and laboratory sessions are provided to students on the e-learning platform:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • McKnight T.L., Hess D., Geografia fisica. --: Piccin, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sauro U., Meneghel M., Bondesan A., Castiglioni B., Dalla carta topografica al paesaggio. Atlante ragionato.. --: Litografia Artistica Cartografica, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Concept maps
  • 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, ...)

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