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SCP7077717, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MICROPALEONTOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
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 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
Group didactic activities 0.33 5 3.25 No turn
Laboratory 1.67 27 14.75 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 AGNINI CLAUDIA (Presidente)
FORNACIARI ELIANA (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 AGNINI CLAUDIA (Presidente)
FORNACIARI ELIANA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic of Stratigraphy and Paleontology
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to give the students basic knowledge of microfossils and their geological applications. Obtaining insight and knowledge into concepts, methods, techniques and applications of micropaleontology and the role of this in a broader context of geological studies.
Examination methods: The knownledge acquired during the course is checked by means of
-a practical test in which the students analyse a micropaleontological sample.
-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 three main parts:
- History of micropaleontology and its position in the context of the geological sciences. Its developments and the importance of deep-sea drilling projects. (0.5 CFU)
- “Pure” micropaleontology. An overview of the various microfossil groups of botanical and zoological origin, that are widely used both in academic research and oil and gas industry, by presenting their morphology, taxonomy, mode of life, environments and stratigraphic distribution. In this context, preparation- and research techniques of main microfossil groups and their geological importance in terms of dating, correlation, facies interpretation, paleoenviromental and paleoclimaticreconstruction is introduced to the students. (3.5 CFU)
- practical microscope exercitations on micropaleontological samples which contain the main microfossil groups presented in the general theoretical part (e.g., calcareous nannofossils, foraminifera, radiolarians, diatoms, ….). A daily field excursion is also proposed (2 CFU).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures (4CFU = 32h)
Exercitations (1.67CFU = 27h)
Field laboratories (0.31CFU = 5h)

The course consists of classroom-taught (4CFU=32h), exercitations (1.67CFU=27h) and field laboratories (0.31CFU=5h).
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 analysis of micropaleontologic samples containing the main microfossil groups. A second part is devoted to a specific group for which dichotomous keys, atlas, bio- and chronostratigraphic schemes are provided. This will allow for a determination of specimens at generic level and a bio/chronostratigraphic frame.
One field excursion in the Veneto region 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, taxonomic guides, papers, info material for the field laboratory) is provided to the students on the University e-learning platform:
Didactic collections are provided by the lecturer.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Haq B.U. and Boersma A., Introdution to Marine Microplaoentology. New York: Elsevier, 1978. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Molina E., Micropaleontologia. Zarogoza: Prensas Universitaria Zaragoza, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jones R.W., Application of paleontology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jones R.W., Micropalaeontology in Petroleum Exploration. --: Clarendon Press, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Georgescu M.D., Microfossils through Time: An Introduction First Steps in Micropaleontology. Stuttgart, Germany: Schweizerbart Science Publishers, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

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

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

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