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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
SC01101862, 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
IF0321, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOIL PROTECTION
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 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 FRANCESCO MORARI AGR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/02 Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivation 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 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.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9  Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MORARI FRANCESCO (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
8 Commissione valida dall'a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2019 MORARI FRANCESCO (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of physics, chemistry and biology
Target skills and knowledge: Provide the student with the essential theoretical bases to understand: a) the phenomena of water and water transport
pollutants through the unsaturated area of ​​the soil b) measurement and monitoring of hydraulic variables; c) the use of mathematical models for simulating diffuse agricultural pollution
Examination methods: Written exam organised in two parts, a problem and a number of open questions
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the understanding of the topics, on the acquisition of concepts and methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them in an autonomous way
Course unit contents: Water in the soil and its potential.
Hydrostatic equilibrium, capillary rise and percolation.
The water retention curve and measurement methods. Models for its representation and pedotransfer functions.
Hydraulic conductivity. Measurement methods in the laboratory and field.
The flow in unsaturated conditions. Richards equation.
The movement of solutes: convective and diffusive transport. Analysis of mathematical simulation models of transport. The HYDRUS model.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching is based on lectures, working groups, case studies and on class exercises involving students individually.
Hands on or laboratory activities are also scheduled
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hillel D., Environmental Soil Physics. --: --, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Radcliffe DE, Simunek J., Soil Physics with HYDRUS: Modeling and Applications. --: CRC Press, 2010.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Clean Water and Sanitation Climate Action