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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4061238, 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
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOLOGY OF MOUNTAIN AREAS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 OMAR BARTOLI GEO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines GEO/07 Petrology and Petrography 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
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

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at introducing the students to the geology of mountain areas. By the end of the course, the student will: comprehend the basic principles of geology; understand how mountains and rocks form; have the ability of interpreting a geological map and drawing/constructing a geological section; be able to better interpret the environment in mountain areas, taking into consideration the main geological structures, the nature and structure of the bedrock, the type of superficial deposits and the main geomorphological processes.
Examination methods: The examination consists in an oral discussion in English 1) with open questions on the topics treated during the course and 2) with practical reading and interpretation of a geological map and/or practical identification of rock samples.
Assessment criteria: The following criteria will be considered:
- the knowledge on the various topics treated during the course
- terminological pertinence to describe the topics discussed;
- the ability of linking logically different items of knowledge;
- the capacity of describing and classifying the rocks;
- the learning and ability to read and interpret a geological map.
The pro-active attitude and participation in all activities (class, laboratory and field) will be also evaluated.
Course unit contents: The course will treat the following topics:
- Earth’s interior and seismic waves
- Plate tectonics
- Minerals
- Magma formation and igneous rocks
- Sedimentary rocks
- Metamorphic rocks
- Mechanical and chemical weathering, karst morphology
- Mass wasting
- Landscapes formed by glacial erosion
- Rock deformation, geological structures: folds, faults and joints
- The formation of mountains: orogenic styles
- The geology of Alps
- Geological maps and geological sections
- Field excursion (central Alps)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theoretical notions will be transferred by means of frontal lessons with multimedia material that will be provided beforehand to students.
Laboratories will consist of a) describing and classifying rock samples and interpreting a geological maps and drawing a geological section, and b) field excursion in central Alps.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material used in the class and laboratories is available for download through the electronic platform MOODLE.
Along with the reference book, additional teaching material will be made available to cover specific topics of the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Tarbuck and Lutgens, Earth. An introduction to physical geology. --: Pearson Education, --. ( Cerca nel catalogo