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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1030695, 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 NATURE FOR THE FUTURE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INTEGRATED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
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 PAOLO TAROLLI AGR/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/08 Agrarian Hydraulics and Hydraulic Forest Management 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 32 68.0 No turn
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 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: None
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at giving students an understanding of the main topics related to integrated watershed management in mountainous and floodplains environment, focusing on anthropogenic landscapes. Students will learn about the effects related to climate and land use change in highly populated regions (some case studies in the world will be considered). Students will learn how to manage the main environmental data in a GIS environment, focusing on those data related to hydro-geomorphological processes (e.g. erosion, landslides, floods). Risk perception and social vulnerability will be also considered in the analysis, in addition to communication strategies (e.g. social media). This is in support of strategies and decisions for land use planning and hydrogeological risk assessment and management.
Examination methods: Drafting of a technical report that must include the main topics illustrated during the labs.
Oral examination about the main concepts and the report as well.
Assessment criteria: The capability of the candidate to discuss and present a case study, raising problems and highlighting likely solutions.
Course unit contents: 1. <Introduction>
- Anthropocene: the Human Age. Opening lecture & round table discussion

2. <Climate & Humans>
- GIS lab: climate change & disasters
- GIS lab: landuse change & disasters
- GIS lab: Socio-economic development & land degradation (soil erosion, mitigation strategies)

3. <High-resolution topography>
- GIS lab: Open-access high-resolution topographic data databases
- GIS lab: Digital Terrain Models & topographic attributes in mountain areas
- GIS lab: Digital Terrain Models & topographic attributes in urbanized floodplains

4. <Earth surface dynamics analysis>
- GIS lab: Land use change & environmental criticalities in mountain areas (erosion, landslides, rainfall pattern of a catastrophic flood)
- GIS lab: Land use change & environmental criticalities in urbanized floodplains (drainage network dynamics, urbanization & floods)

5. <Hazards, Vulnerability, Risk>
- Hazards, Exposure, Vulnerability, Risk (landslide & floods)
- GIS lab: Hazards & Risk mapping
- GIS lab: Social vulnerability & Social Risk mapping
- Risk perception & communication (the role of social media - e.g. Facebook, Twitter)

6. <Think-tank lab experiment>
- Selected scientific articles group discussion
- Integrated Watershed Management "manifesto" (in a poster the class summarizes its final view on the main environmental and societal criticalities, including mitigation strategies, at watershed scale)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and seminars: 16 hr
GIS laboratory: 32 hr
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Power Point lectures
- scientific papers
- technical reports, web information
- seminars
- short movie / documentary
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Art Based methods
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Learning journal

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land