PRINCIPLES OF GEOMORPHOLOGY

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Code
52673
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 9916 ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (L-32) GENOVA

6 credits during the 3nd year of 8760 Mathematics (L-35) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 9011 Mathematics (LM-40) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
GEO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES)
semester
1° Semester
Prerequisites
Prerequisites (for future units)
This unit is a prerequisite for:
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES 9916 (coorte 2019/2020)
  • ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD ACTIVITY 84021
  • NATURAL HISTORY FIELD STUDIES 32013
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES 9916 (coorte 2020/2021)
  • NATURAL HISTORY FIELD STUDIES 32013
  • ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD ACTIVITY 84021
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES 9916 (coorte 2021/2022)
  • NATURAL HISTORY FIELD STUDIES 32013
  • ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD ACTIVITY 84021
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Geomorphology studies the landforms that characterize the earth's surface.

It aims to describe and understand the main exogenous and endogenous processes that contribute to the genesis and evolution of the continental and marine environment. The course aims to provide the basic notions for understanding the terrestrial landscape and interpreting the evolutionary processes that have shaped it.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide the student with the basis for the analytical, interpretative and evolutionary study of the forms of the terrestrial relief by analyzing the causes that generate and modify it, with particular attention to the forms connected to the exogenous dynamics.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Participation in educational activities will provide the student with the tools necessary to tackle the basic studies for understanding and interpreting the forms of the land survey necessary for the study of the landscape.

at the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • understand and interpret topographic and geomorphological maps
  • know the fundamental principles of the morphology of the earth's surface
  • understand the processes and interactions between the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere, whether they are of a physical, chemical or biological nature  
  • describe and interpret a soil profile
  • understand the evolution of earth’s relief

PREREQUISITES

No specific prerequisites

TEACHING METHODS

The teaching consists of lecture and exercises. Attendance at classes and exercises is strongly recommended. Lectures in the classroom are exposed by means of multimedia presentations. The exercises are aimed at the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lectures. The exercises in the classroom. will be held by the teaching professors, assisted by a laboratory tutor.

Please refer to the specific AulaWeb application for teaching for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Basics of cartography; cartographic reference systems; alteration of rocks and soil formation; slopes and landslides; hydrography and fluvial geomorphology; volcanic geomorphology; glacial geomorphology; periglacial geomorphology; Aeolian geomorphology, karst geomorphology; marine geomorphology (coastal and underwater morphology).

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

All the slides used during the lessons and other teaching material will be available on AulaWeb at the end of each cycle of lessons / laboratory exercises.

The books indicated are suggested as supporting text and are available and consultable together with other books for further study at the M.F.N. School Library and at the teacher office.

CASTIGLIONI G.B. (1979) - Geomorfologia. UTET. [Reprint 1982; II edition1986].

PANIZZA M. (1992) - Geomorfologia. Pitagora Editrice. [II edition1995]

E. Pranzini (2004) - La forma delle coste. Zanichelli.

G. Certini, F.C. Ugolini (2021). Basi di Pedologia – cos’è il suolo, come si forma, come va descritto e classificato. Edagricole di New Business Media srl.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: The students are able to book an appointment by phone, by mail or by aulaweb

Office hours: Students are received by appointment, agreed directly with the teacher by telephone, mail or via aulaweb.

Exam Board

MARCO FERRARI (President)

FRANCESCO FACCINI

IVANO RELLINI (President Substitute)

MARCO FIRPO (Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The teaching consists of lecture and exercises. Attendance at classes and exercises is strongly recommended. Lectures in the classroom are exposed by means of multimedia presentations. The exercises are aimed at the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lectures. The exercises in the classroom. will be held by the teaching professors, assisted by a laboratory tutor.

Please refer to the specific AulaWeb application for teaching for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Written Test: the exam consists of answering to questions asked by the teacher on topics covered during the course.

Three exam dates will be available in the winter session (January-February) and four exam dates in the summer session (June, July, September) which will be published on the UNIGE website.

Please refer to the specific AulaWeb application for teaching for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of knowledge required will be provided at the beginning of the course.

The written test will focus mainly on the topics covered during the lectures and exercises.

The level of knowledge acquired and the ability to expose will be evaluated. The correct scientific terminology will also be evaluated.

In particular, the student must be able to demonstrate to have acquired the skills in applying the theoretical concepts to the study of physical environment.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
27/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
07/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
16/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
09/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
27/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
06/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
16/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto