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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01106135, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0059, Degree course structure A.Y. 2019/20, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MINERALOGY AND GEOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
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 ANDREA MARZOLI 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 Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 2
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 Commissione a.a. 2019/20: dal 01/03/2020 01/03/2020 30/11/2020 MARZOLI ANDREA (Presidente)
BARTOLI OMAR (Membro Effettivo)
MARITAN LARA (Supplente)
9 Commissione a.a. 2019/20: fino al 29/02/2020 01/12/2019 29/02/2020 MARITAN LARA (Presidente)
BARTOLI OMAR (Membro Effettivo)
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MARITAN LARA (Presidente)
BARTOLI OMAR (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course, the student is expected to acquire following knowledge/ability:
1- understand the origin and structure of the Earth;
2- understand the basic aspects of Plate Tectonics;
3- describe the main geomorphological features;
4- acquire basic knowledge on some of the main geological analytical tools/facilities;
5- understand structure and composition of the main minerals;
6- understand the origin of magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks;
7- recognize macroscopically the main mineral species;
8- recognize macroscopically the main roc-types;
9- get some basic knowledge on the evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere and climate from 4.5 bilion years to Present;
10 recognize the main geological risks.

Potentially professional skills: 3, 4, 7, 8, 10.
soft-skills: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of a written and oral test with open questions addressed to verify the knowledge on the program acquired by the student. Mid-term multiple choice tests are also programmed.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the basis of: i) their knowledge on the various subjects treated during the course; ii) the ability of solving questions on the theoretical part; iii) the capacity of recognising, classifying and describing the rocks; iv) the capacity of using an appropriate terminology to discuss about the various arguments treated during the course. Their ability and competence in answering questions emplying critical, pertinent, clear and effective argument will be also evaluated.
Course unit contents: The course will treat the following arguments:
1) the Earth internal structure and the lithosphere plate dynamics;
2) minerals: crystallization systems, chemical classification and physical properties;
3) silicate minerals and their classifications;
4) petrogenetic processes
5) classification of the magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks;
6) basic aspects of geomorphology;
7) evolution of Earth's athmosphere and climate during the geologic time;
8) macroscopic observation and recognition of main types of rock
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The didactic activity will be organised in: lessons (32 hours) and practice exercises (16 hours). Lessons will be addressed to actively involve students and to stimulate the discussion with them. Practice exercises will involve the student into the interactive macroscopic recognition of rock forming minerals and rock types.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1. References, texts and power point files on the class lesson will be available on the Moodle page of the course.
2. In the Moodle page other possible references useful to prepare the exam and to further investigate the studied arguments tr will be also uploaded.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • John P. Grotzinger & Thomas H. Jordan, CAPIRE LA TERRA. --: Zanichelli, 2016.

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

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