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INP9087762, 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
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 GEOPHYSICS
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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 SILVANA MARTIN GEO/03
Other lecturers JACOPO BOAGA GEO/11

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 MARTIN SILVANA (Presidente)
SASSI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of physics and chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: A student who has fulfilled the objectives of the course will be able to:
• determine the position of the geological objects on a map and in the field
• be able to analyse the geological characteristics in different types of maps and decide which type of geophysical survey can be useful
• recognize the structural lineaments, rocks, sediments in the field
• understand and be able to criticize geological works
Examination methods: 1 written technical test and a final oral examination
The test will be 60 minutes long.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria will be based on the acquired ability of:
_ analysing topographic maps, defining geographic and UTM coordinates, drawing a topographic profile
_ reading, interpreting geological maps and drawing geological sections
_collecting and reworking structural data using stereographic projections
_ collecting and interpreting geomechanical data
_ collecting and analysing geophysical data
_ recognizing geological hazard situations
Course unit contents: Elements of cartography. Geographic, UTM and Gauss Boaga coordinates, topographic maps, stratimetry analysis, geological profiles. Properties of the rocks and sediments. Review of stratigraphy, rock and sediment classification. Elements of structural geology and geomorphology, erosion process and sediment production, geomorphological implications. Geological maps of the Venetian region, Garda area, Trentino, Apennines. Geomechanical characterization of the rock mass using the methods Q, RQD, RMR, GSI etc. Classification of landslides. Stability analysis of the slope in rock and loose material. Geological hazard analysis and risk assessment. Monitoring (strain gauges, probes, piezometers, optical fibers etc). Geophysical methods of exploration. Seismic refraction and reflection survey. Electrical survey, resistivity profiles. Stress and strain, rock reology, fault mechanics, elements of seismotectonic and seismic hazard. Elements of geodynamics, mantle and core physics, geothermal setting and gravity.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is based on theory presentation followed by applications.

The practical work consists in analysis of topographic, geomorphological and geological maps, construction of geological sections.

Field laboratory for collecting structural data and plotting them geomechanics, geophysical survey in the field near Padova,

Specific seminars by expert researchers.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1:25.000, 1:10.000 scale topographic maps of the Padova area or of the Venetian region, geological maps at various scales
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C.M.R. Fowler, The solid earth. --: Cambridge, 2005. Geodynamics and geophysics Cerca nel catalogo
  • A.E. Mussett, M.A. Khan, Looking into the earth. --: Cambridge, 2000. Geophysics Cerca nel catalogo
  • D.M. Ragan, Structural geology. --: Cambridge, 2009. structural geology and geomechanics Cerca nel catalogo
  • B.Simpson, Geological map. --: Pergamon press, 1968. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D.L. Turcotte, G. Schubert, Geodynamics. --: Cambridge, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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