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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4064946, 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
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination GIS APPLICATIONS IN AGRICULTURE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Teacher in charge PAOLO TAROLLI AGR/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 4.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 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
6 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 TAROLLI PAOLO (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 TAROLLI PAOLO (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Minimal knowledge required:
• Basic use of personal computer
• Basic knowledge of the Office Platform (Excel)
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the students with a specific learning opportunity in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in agriculture.
The aim of the course is to illustrate the features and functionality of the Geographic Information Systems, in particular of the spatial analysis functions that distinguish them from the more generic tools for cartographic mapping.
A further objective is the verification and evaluation of the databases required for a GIS.
The course presents the main functions of the platform ESRI ArcGIS 10.x; the tool shown was chosen in relation to its large diffusion and presence for organizations and administrations at national and international level.
Examination methods: At the end of the course, students are required to complete a practical exercise to evaluate the acquired skills.
Assessment criteria: The correctness of the obtained results, knowledge of the procedures, quality of the work (work organization, organization of data, quality of presented outputs).
Course unit contents: The course will be divided into several modules that will develop both methodological and operational subjects referring to the following components :

• ArcGIS presentation: theory and system training
• Cartography and geographic systems: theory and practical exercise
• Google Earth images georeferentiation in ArcMap (practical example)
• Vector data: legend for the qualitative and quantitative data (practical example)
• Basic operations on vector data: managing attribute tables, charts, import external data, query tools and selection (practical example)
• Editing vector data: polygon, polyline, page layout settings (practical example)
• The raster data model: visualization and contour lines (practical example)
• Raster data analysis: interpolation, raster calculator, NDVI and crop water requirement (practical example)
• GIS application for quantification of damages caused by invasive species in agriculture (practical example)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching will be full immersion, with daily applications in GIS lab. The lectures will be organized into seminars and theoretical applications.
In the first part of the lesson the methodologies and operational activities necessary to the resolution of the topics covered will be presented, in the second part of the session, the students will practically apply the acquired theoretical knowledge. The class is mainly dedicated to practices, with simulations of the covered topics.
The students will learn how to manage in GIS environment some critical issues in agriculture, with the analysis of real case studies.
Additional notes about suggested reading: At the end of each lesson, the students receive a handout on the topics covered.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Concept maps
  • Work-integrated learning
  • 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 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land