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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG03103618, 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
AG0061, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOMORPHOLOGY AND PHYSICS GEOGRAPHY
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 ALBERTO CARTON GEO/04
Other lecturers LUCA CARTURAN GEO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses GEO/04 Physical Geography and Geomorphology 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 2
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 2
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.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 CARTON ALBERTO (Presidente)
CARTURAN LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
MOZZI PAOLO (Supplente)
9 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 CARTON ALBERTO (Presidente)
CARTURAN LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
MOZZI PAOLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic Geography (orography, topography and hydrography of the Earth; orography and hydrography most specific of the Italy); is also required basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematic and trigonometry.
Target skills and knowledge: The student must acquire the ability to recognize the landscape with particular regard to the Italian territory. He must acquire the ability to identify those processes in order to intervene appropriately. Not having complete expertise in the physical geography and geology, he must be able to identify the various environmental problems related to the landscape in order to coordinate the experts. Finally the student must be able to understand the geomorphological mapping.
Examination methods: The exam is oral.
There are no examinations in progress. The examination will focus in recognition of geographical landscapes derived from topographic maps, 3D images etc. In addition to describing the student will be able to: a) identify the processes responsible for the formation of the landscape, b) place the landscape in its climatic environment, c) understand the future evolution.
Assessment criteria: Assessment will be based on the ability to develop an analysis of the geographical landscape. It is important to demonstrate the ability to interpret the geographical landscape in an integrated analysis(physical, biological, and human).
Course unit contents: Physical landscape, its formation and its evolution are the subject of the course. Different endogenous and exogenous factors are considered. Modeling of the Earth's surface. Action of endogenous and exogenous factors in different environments is then reconsidered, to the different landscape types understand.

1 credit: Geomorphology and Geographical Sciences. Endogenous and exogenous dynamics and landforms. Breakdown of a geographic landscape in its components; integrated approach.
2nd credit: The Earth, lithology and tectonic. The representation of the Earth's surface (cartography).
3rd credit: The atmosphere and climate.
4th Credit: Morphogenetic phenomena: causes and processes. Erosion, transportation, sedimentation. Elementary processes: physical degradation and chemical alteration.
5th credit: Slopes morphology. River action.
6 th: Coastlines morphology. Karst landscape.
7th credit: Climatic geomorphology: glacial and periglaciale geomorphology. Structural geomorphology.
8th credit: Field experiment in geomorfology; geomorphological mapping.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is developed through a series of lectures, tutorials and seminars. The lectures provide the content and indicate the correct approach to the study of the geographical landscape. The tutorials cover some case studies, provide the tools to develop climate data. They teach using the topographical map. They teach to interpret geomorphological mapping.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The textbooks contain all the concepts given. Students only refer to them for the exam. Slides will provided for those matters that are not on the books. At the end of the course are given a detailed program.
Students who could not attend, can learn from the detailed program the topics to be studied and textbooks to use. Working students can contact the teacher for advice on exam
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Sauro U., Meneghel M., Bondesan A., Castiglioni B., Dalla carta topografica al paesaggio. Firenze: IGM LAC, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Panizza M., Geomorfologia. Bologna: Pitagora, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Castiglioni G.B., Geomorfologia. Torino: UTET, 1982. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lupia Palmieri E., Parotto M., Il globo terrestre e la sua evoluzione. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cicacci S., Le forme del rilievo. Atlante illustrato di Geomorfologia. Milano: Mondadori Editore, 2015. Seconda edizione Cerca nel catalogo