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 LM SAT 5A069


Basic knowledge of agronomy.

Development of the course

The teaching method includes both lectures (4 CFU) and practicals (2 CFU), performed as room exercises and field visits. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge. The course enables students to acquire the fundamental knowledge on the issues related to the planning of cropping systems. Emphasis will be put on the practices to be adopted for the main crops, in order to understand the need to make correct choices to strike the best economic aspects to the environmental and rural land protection.


Applying knowledge and understanding. The course has as main objectives the acquisition of the ability to apply the knowledge to the crops, with the necessary flexibility resulting from the unpredictability of the site-specific conditions.


Cross-expertise: (i) making judgements: ability to identify the information needed to manage the main agronomic issues of each herbaceous crop; (ii) communications: ability to clearly and exhaustively communicate notions, ideas, problems and technical solutions to interlocutors, either professional or not, representative of the various and specific competencies involved in the management of the cropping systems (farmers, engineer, architect, biologist, administrator).


1. Presentation of the course. Importance of herbaceous cropping systems in the Italian and world contexts. Most important issues affecting the crops choice (1 ECTS).

2. Cereals: durum wheat, barley, oat, rye, triticale, rice, sorghum, minor species (2 ECTS).

3. Legumes: faba-bean, pea, chickpea, lentil, bean, soybean, minor species (1 ECTS).

4. Industrial crops: sacharated (sugar beet), oily (sunflower, colza, minor species), aromatic (tobacco), textile (hemp) (1 ECTS).

5. Forage crops: pastures, meadows, permanent and temporary grasslands (1 ECTS).

For each crop, the following characteristics will be analysed: importance in Italy and in the world, origin, botanical aspects, biology, ecological needs (climate and soil), aims of the genetic improvement, cropping techniques, harvest, and utilization.

Development of the examination

Learning evaluation methods

Final assessment will focus on an oral interview.

Learning evaluation criteria

In the oral classwork, the student will have to demonstrate the knowledge in each of the areas covered in the program.

Learning measurement criteria

The final mark is attributed in thirtieths.

Final mark allocation criteria

The oral examination consists of four main questions that will be quantified in the range 0 – 7.5. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading

Bonciarelli F., Bonciarelli U., 2001. Coltivazioni erbacee. Edagricole scolastico.

Baldoni R., Giardini L., 2000-2002. Coltivazioni erbacee, I, II e II volume. Pàtron editore.


Tutorial session

Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 1 pm.

  • C.L.M. - Scienze Agrarie e del Territorio - Curriculum PRODUZIONE E PROTEZIONE DELLE COLTURE (LM SAT - PP)
  • C.L.M. - Scienze Agrarie e del Territorio - Curriculum AGRICOLTURA SOCIALE (LM SAT - AS)

Università Politecnica delle Marche
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