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SCN1032508, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1178, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PALEOECOLOGY AND PALEOCLIMATOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
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 CLAUDIA AGNINI GEO/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/01 Palaeontology and Palaeoecology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 PALEOECOLOGIA E PALEOCLIMATOLOGIA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 AGNINI CLAUDIA (Presidente)
CAPRARO LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
8 PALEOECOLOGIA E PALEOCLIMATOLOGIA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 AGNINI CLAUDIA (Presidente)
CAPRARO LUCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Geology and Paleontology
Target skills and knowledge: The program of the course consists of history and evolution of Earth climate from the Precambrian to the Quarternary spanning the main geological, biological and climatic events. The knownledge that the student will acquire is the basic concepts related to paleoecology and paleoclimatology.
The skills that the students will acquire and improve are:
1)the integration of already known concepts with new concepts;
2)the analysis and synthesis ability, and the critical spirit in the use of the different sourcing;
3)The ability in trasmitting science concepts.
Contents and objectives will be combined in a methodological teaching perspective in order to develop specific skills for teaching.
Examination methods: The knownledge acquired during the course is checked by means of an oral examination during which the concepts, the scientific terminology, the syntesis ability and the critical spririt are evaluated.
Assessment criteria: The criteria that will be used to evaluate the knowledge and the ability acquired during the course are as follows:
1) knownledge of the topics covered in the course;
2) understanding of the topics covered in the class;
3) criticism and link capability on the knowledge acquired during the course;
4) synthesis ability;
5) proper terminology.
Course unit contents: The course can be subdivided in six main parts:
1) paleoecology s.s. and Evolutionary paleoecology. Climate and evolution.(0.5 CFU);
2) paleoclimatology. Climate and enviromental changes. The climatic system. Climate archives, data and models. (1CFU);
3) age models: Paleomagnetism and Magnetostratigraphy. Astrocyclostratigraphy and Astrochrnology. (0.5 CFU);
4) the stable isotopes (carbon and axygen)in paleoclimatology. (1 CFU);
5) tectonic-scale climatic changes. CO2 and long-term climate evolution. Plate tectonics and long-term climate. Short-term climate changes. (0.5 CFU);
6) climate evolution from the Precambrian to the Quaternary. Faint young sun paradox. Icehouse climate. Greenhouse climate. From greenhouse to icehouse: the last 50 Myr. Orbital-scale climate change. Astronomic control on solar radiation. Insolation control of Monsoons. Insolation control of ice sheets. Orbital-scale changes in CO2 and CH4. Orbital-scale interactions and feedbacks. Deglacial climate change. Last Glacial Maximum. Millenial oscillations of climate. Humans and preindustrial climate. Cliamte changes during the last 1000 years. Causes of global warming and future climatic changes. (2.5 CFU).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of classroom-taught (42h), exercitations (6h) and field laboratories (6h). The frontal lectures are taken using power point presentations with images, tables, schemes, graphs and video.The students are asked to be interactive during classes (questioning, etc.). Exercitations consist of a journal club activity A scientific paper is read and discussed. Successively the students work in group to prepare a didactic/popular-scientific presentation on the topic on the topics covered by the considered paper. One field excursion (6h)in the Venetian pre-Alps is also part of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the educational material used during the course for class and field laboratories, and frontal lectures (ppt. presentation, papers, info material for the field laboratory) is provided to the students on the University e-learning platform:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ruddiman, William F., Earth's climatepast and futureWilliam F. Ruddiman. New York: W. H. Freeman & Co, 2014. 3rd Edition Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Learning journal

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

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