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Course unit
INP7082045, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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 RAFFAELE SASSI 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 First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Target skills and knowledge: A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- understand of the main geologic, petrologic, tectonic and geomorphologic processes involving crustal rocks;
- identify and classify rocks (magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary) and to read and interpret geologic maps and sections;
- understand the reason of the natural background abundances of important chemical elements and compounds in natural environments (rain, lakes, estuaries, soils, rocks);
- understand the rules of the migration of the elements within the main natural environments (biogeochemical cycles);
- identify an environmental problem and outline approaches to solve the problem;
- to assess the human impact on natural environments.
Examination methods: Oral test.
During the examination students are required to classify 2 rock specimens and interpret a geological section.
Assessment criteria: Learning the contents of the course.
Course unit contents: Propedeutical concepts. Earth internal structure and outline on plate tectonics. Mineralogy. Mineral properties. Outline on silicate structures and classification. Clay minerals. Diagnostic methods. Petrology and petrography. Magmatic, sedimentary and metamorphic processes and related rocks.. Structural geology. Folds; faults; overthrusting and tectonic nappes. Outline on mechanichs of rock materials. Geomorphology. Landscapes forms and their evolution in the glacial, eolic, coastal, fluvial, carsic environment. Mass movement and slope stability. Laboratory. Identification and classification of rocks on hand specimens. Geologic maps and sections: practical examples. Chemical differentiation of the Earth. Geospheres. Geochemical classification of the elements. Chemical fractionation. Geochemistry of the petrogenic process. Weathering. Dissolution, hydrolysis and oxidation. Silicate, carbonate and sulphide weathering. Soils Geochemistry. Clay minerals. Soils mineralogy. Soil composition and classification. Geochemistry of surface water. Geochemical survey. Geochemical anomalies. Sampling. Organizing a report on Environmental geochemistry. Analytical methods. Sample preparation. Introduction to SEM, XRPD, XRF, EMP analytic techniques.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures.
Rock laboratory: identification and classification of the main rock types.
Geological map/ grological profile laboratory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Suggested books: Note from lessons.
Additional teaching material will be made available to cover specific topics of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Andrews J.E., Brimblecombe P., Jickells T.D., Liss P.S., An introduction to Environmental Chem, An introduction to Environmental Chemistry. --: Blackwell Science, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Berner E.K., Bener R., Global Environment. --: Prentice Hall, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Nelson E.G., Environmental Geochemistry. --: Thomson, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Kahoot, Survey Monkey

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Life on Land