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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1031001, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0062, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED ZOOLOGY
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 MASSIMO FACCOLI AGR/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 FACCOLI MASSIMO (Presidente)
BATTISTI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZON LUCA (Supplente)
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 FACCOLI MASSIMO (Presidente)
BATTISTI ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZON LUCA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: The course requires basic knowledge provided by the degree course in Forestry and Environmental Technologies, or similar. In particular, basic information acquired through the courses of General Biology, Forest Ecology and Forest Zoology is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The student acquires basic knowledge in the field of ecology applied to the main groups of forest animals, with particular attention to the principles of population dynamics of forest animals and the mechanisms and factors able to regulate it.
Particular attention is given to the plant-pest relationship and to the plant-pest-predator tritrophic interactions.
The student applies the principles of the biological and integrated control to the forest pest of the temperate forest ecosystems, in the framework of the forest and environment protection.
Examination methods: The student evaluation takes place in written form, through a multiple choice computer test 1 hour long to be held in the computer room.
The evaluation also includes the photographic idenification of the main vertebrate species (birds and mammals) treated during the course.
Five exam sessions per year divided into the three official sessions will be availble. There are no ongoing assessments.
Assessment criteria: The overall assessment of the student is based on the following criteria:

- Knowledge of course contents;
- Completeness, comprehension, application and organization of acquired knowledge;
- Ability to integrate the knowledge acquired in other similar scientific subjects;
- Knowledge and use of appropriate and specific technical-scientific languages;
- ability to present and describe analytically with clarity, richness and properties of both written and oral language.
- Ability to use specific technical equipment, when available.
Course unit contents: - Presentation of the course and evaluiation procedures.

- Main ecological and systematic categories of forest animals. Growth of a population.

- Population dynamics in forest environment. Classification of outbreaks of forest animals and related examples.

- Ecological factors acting on forest pest populations. Abiotic factors. Natural enemies (parasitoid and predators) and intraspecific and interspercific competition. Factors related to the host plant (plant defenses).

- Main monitoring protocols. Types of traps and lures. Biological and integrated control of forest pests. The silvicultural means. The resistance of trees: mechanisms and possibility of exploitation. Chemical means: limitations and secondary effects. Use of semiochemicals.

- Pest populations and their management in specific environments (urban, and wood arboretums).

- Climate change and its effects on insects.

- Invasive Alien Species.

- Monitoring and management of vertebrate populations. Vertebrate fauna and forest management: animal management protocols of the main forest environments.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 32 hours of frontal lessons and 16 hours of laboratory and field work.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Beside to the lecture notes and the reference text (see recommended texts), other texts and documents useful for the study of some topics will be indicated during the course.

The School's Moodle platform will be used for communications and to provide support material (slides).

The teacher is always available to students by e-mail
( for any clarifications and details, or to arrange meetings with the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Battisti A, De Battisti R, Faccoli M, Masutti L, Paolucci P, Stergulc, Lineamenti di Zoologia forestale. Padova University Press, 2013: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Affordable and Clean Energy Climate Action Life on Land