D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Agraria
A.A. A.A. 2016-2017
Credits 6
Hours 54
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code SFA W000054


Basic knowledge of biology, chemistry and agronomy.

Development of the course

The teaching method is based on lectures in ppt (5 CFU), given to the students and educational visits in farms, parks and / or protected areas (1 CFU). As part of the Moodle platform are available: a) teaching materials structured learning units; b) items in the PDF format of interest for deepening of the topics covered in class.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge. The course aims to provide students with the basics of the knowledge of the digestive structure and physiology of digestion of livestock species and wild ungulates to achieve better use of forage resources and to make known races and principles of extensive farming techniques.


Applying knowledge and understanding. The course has as a teaching goal to provide students with the basic skills to improve land management in order to maintain a balanced ecosystem with the ability to manage ungulates farm animal and wild applying rearing systems with low environmental impact.


Cross-expertise. a) judgement skills: identifying the information necessary to understand the problems of the area; b) transfer in a clear and comprehensive information, ideas and relevant technical solutions to both, and not specialists, representing the different and specific skills involved in the management of farms in mountain and marginal environments (officials, biologists, fauna researchers, farmers).



1. Basic skills of anatomical and physiological characteristics of the digestive system: ruminant and monogastric (0.5 ECTS).

2. Management techniques of grazing pastures behavior and outline the interaction of domestic and wild ungulates, quality of pastures. (1 ECTS)

3. Food characteristics, mode of fodder conservation and rationing outline (1 ECTS).

4. Main autochthonous breeds (beef, sheep and goat, pigs, horses, donkey) farm animal to rear in marginal / mountainous areas and basic knowledge of farming techniques (1.5 ECTS)

5. Ethology and guidelines for the breeding of wild ungulates (1 ECTS).

6. Educational visits on farms, parks and / or protected areas (1 ECTS)

Development of the examination


Learning evaluation methods

Final assessment will focus on a discussion on the topics covered, with in-depth presentation of a topic chosen by the student.


Learning evaluation criteria

The student, during the oral test, will have to prove: a) knowledge of the morphological and physiological digestive structure of farm animals and wild ungulates. b) knowledge of techniques and effects due to grazing management; c) quality of forage and conservation technologies d) breeds suited to the type of extensive farming techniques e) ethology knowledge of wild ungulates and guidelines for farm management. To pass the oral exam, the student must demonstrate an overall understanding of the content, set out sufficiently corrected with the use of appropriate technical terminology, and to be able to deal with deductive reasoning that will enable them to achieve the appropriate connections within the matter and to have acquired a complete mastery.

Learning measurement criteria

The final grade is attributed in thirtieths. Successful completion of the examination will lead to grades ranging from 18 to 30 “cum laude”.

Final mark allocation criteria

The oral test will be divided into at least three main questions, in addition to the subject of your choice. The answers will be evaluated with a score from 0 to 10 and the overall assessment will make the final judgment of thirty. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading
  • Sjaastad Ø. V., Sand O., Hove K. 2013 Fisiologia degli animali domestici Ed Italiana a cura di Tamanini C. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana
  • Frandson R.D. 1987 Anatomia, Fisiologia e Morfologia degli animali domestici. Ed. italiana a cura di Pelagalli G.V. e Botte V. Edi-Ermes
  • Balasini D. 2000 Zootecnica Basi tecnico –Scientifiche Calderini Edagricole
  • Balasini D. 2000 Zootecnica applicata Cavalli-asini-muli-bardotti Calderini Edagricole
  • Balasini D. 2000Zootecnica applicata Bovini e bufali Calderini Edagricole
  • Falaschini A. 1996 Zootecnica speciale Calderini Edagricole
  • Hector D e J 1976 Allevamento del cinghiale Ed italiana a cura di Perillo G. Edagricole


Tutorial session


Tuesday from 3 pm to 4 pm.

Thursday from 3 pm to 4 pm

  • C.L.T. - Scienze Forestali ed Ambientali (SFA)

Università Politecnica delle Marche
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