Program of the courses in the basic three-year degree in earth sciences




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PROGRAM OF THE COURSES IN THE BASIC THREE-YEAR DEGREE IN EARTH SCIENCES


General structure of the degree


This degree has a duration of three years: during the first two years the students are given a basic preparation by means of compulsory courses and exams, whereas in the thuird year the students are encouraged in choosing courses according to their attitudes. Third year optional courses can be chosen from within “specializing” course programs devoted to specific disciplines or else they can be completely selected in a mixed way by means of a “cross-choice” from the different “itineraries”. In general the specialized course programs include a list of “characterizing” or recommended courses summing up between 14 and 29 cfu: in order to get the required 36 cfu other courses must be chosen by the student among a list of “advised” courses or freely from other course programs. A tutor may help in building up a reasonable study plan for the third year.

Teaching is organized in modules: a module can include lecturing or practicals in classroom, or in laboratory or in the field. The different type of teaching activity is represented by a different “weight” of the single cfu: 8 hours for classroom lecturing, 12 hours for lab practicals and 25 hours for field practicals (corresponding to three full days).

The academic year is organised into two semesters, each of which is at least 13 weeks in length. The first semester will start at the end of September and the second semester at the beginning of March.

Each course has an examination at the end. The assessment is oral for most of the courses. Some have a preliminary written exam. Exams should be taken at the end of the courses: in February for the first semester courses and in June-July for the second semester courses. There are also special “windows” for exams within the semesters in which the courses are interrupted in order to allow the students to do exams without loosing parts of courses they are attending.

If an exam is failed, it can be repeated several times in other occasions distributed throughout the year.


In order to obtain the diploma it is necessary to gain 180 credits according to this scheme:

117 cfu by means of compulsory courses and exams and filed work;

36 cfu by means of the choice of optional courses

21 cfu by means of English proficiency course, external stage (in companies, private labs, etc.) and oterh activities;

6 cfu with the final examination.


Local grading system


Grades for each exam are expressed in ..../30 on a scale from a minimum of 18/30 to a maximum of 30/30. The best grade is “30/30 e lode” (with distinction). A grade lower than 18 is a failure.

A comprehensive final grade ("voto di laurea") is awarded to the student after the final examination. This mark is dependent on the quality of the final dissertation as well as on the marks obtained in all the exams during the student’s career. This final mark is expressed in...../110 on a scale from 66 (pass) to 110 (top). The best grade is "110/110 e lode" (with distinction).


Plan of the courses


(a) Compulsory courses (total cfu 117)


FIRST YEAR


First semester


Course

cfu

Calculus I/Mathematics I

8

General and Inorganic Chemistry and Complements of Chemistry

8

Computer science + Lab

4

Scientific English proficiency




Introduction to geology

2

Topography + Cartography Lab

4

Laboratory of Mineralogy

3


Second semester


Course

cfu

Physics I

6

Palaeonthology and Lab on fossils

8

Geomorphology

5

Sedimentary rocks laboratory

3

Geochemistry I

2

end-of –the-year field trips (3 days)

1



SECOND YEAR


First semester


Course

cfu

Mathematics II

6

Physics II

6

Mineralogy

5

Structural geology and regional tectonics

7

Sedimentary geology and stratigraphy

5

Petrography

5


Second semester


Course

cfu

Lab on igneous and metamorphic rocks

3

Physics of the earth

6

Geological mapping and geological map reading

6

Structural geology and regional tectonics

7

Principles of soil and rock mechanics

5

Geochemistry II

2

Principles of hydrology

2

end-of –the-year field trips (3 days)

1

field mapping

2



THIRD YEAR


First semester


Course

cfu

Mineral resources

2








Second semester


Course

cfu

Field mapping

2









(b) Third yeard optional specialization and free course programs (total cfu 36)


The third year is devoted to the attendance of optional courses according to the personal attitudes of the student. A number of courses is chosen adding up 36 cfu. The choice can be made by adhering to thematic profiles (indicated below with serial numbers from 1 to 9), or else by making up a personal, free optional course program. The free choice will be better done with the help of a tutor who will check and find out if the courses selected are activated or not.

Below is the list of the courses for each course program. In bold are the courses considered as “characterizing” for each profile. After each scheme a list of advised courses is proposed.


1. Geology of energy and water resources (tot. cfu 29)


Course

cfu

Sedimentary environments and facies

4

Modelling of sedimentological data

4

Saturated and unsaturated groundwater hydrology

4

Geotechnical field tests and measures

4

Petroleum geology

4

Geophysical well logs and petrophysical properties

4

Exploration seismology

5


Advised courses: Electric and electro-magnetic exploration; Photogeology; Sedimentology laboratory; Principles of engineering geology for civil work; Sedimentology laboratory; Sedimentary petrography; Geological mapping in sedimentary terranes; Field structural mapping; Geological cross section laboratory; Geographical Information System – laboratory.


2. Structural Geology (tot. cfu 22)


Course

cfu

Tectonic structures of orogenic collapse

2

Field structural mapping

7

Tectonic structures of the intrusive and metamorphic enviroments and of the oceanic lithosphere

4

Volcanic and upper continental crust structures

4

Microstructures of tectonites

3

3D modeling of structural data

2


Advised courses: Sedimentary environments and facies; Raw materials for the industry; Metamorphic petrography; Sedimentary petrography; Igneous petrography; Exploration seismology; Volcanology.


3. Geology for the territory and the environment (tot. cfu 20)


Course

cfu

Environmental geochemistry

3

Electric and electro-magnetic exploration

4

Saturated and unsaturated groundwater hydrology

4

Principles of engineering geology in civil work

3

Interventions for the mitigation of the geological risks

4

Geotechnical field tests and measures

4


Advised courses: Sedimentary environments and facies; Photogeology; Geoarchaeology and cultural heritage; Sedimentology laboratory; Modelling of sedimentological data; Geomorphological mapping – mapping of Quaternary terranes; Geological mapping in sedimentary terranes; Field structural mapping; Geological cross section laboratory; Exploration seismology; Geographical Information System – laboratory.


4. Geophysics (tot. cfu 24)


Course

cfu

Physics of the continuous media

4

Electric and electro-magnetic exploration

4

Applied mathematics

4

Gravimetric and magnetic exploration

3

Waves and optics

4

Exploration seismology

5

Geophysical well logs and petrophysical properties

4


Advised courses: Geophysical well logs and petrophysical properties.


4. Geology and petrology of the magmatic and metamorphic complexes (tot. cfu 25)


Course

cfu

Metamorphic petrography

4

Laboratory on petrography

3

Igneous petrography

4

Mapping of crystalline terranes*

7

Geological-structural mapping*

7

Volcanology I

3
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