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 AS W000577


Useful for this course basic knowledge of Arboriculture, Agronomy and Fruitculture.

Development of the course

The course is organized on powerpoint lectures (available in the e-learning system before each lesson) (4 ECTS), laboratory exercises and guided tours at social farms (2 ECTS).

The course will be also available on e-learning system, using the Moodle platform. Within this platform will be available: teaching materials composed by different learning units, the results of evaluation test and various information.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding. The course enables students to acquire adequate knowledge on the analytical capabilities of the choices affecting the production chain of fruit, floriculture and nurseries within farms with a social orientation.


Applying knowledge and understanding. The aim of the course are to introduce students to the problems of cultivation of small fruit species (soft fruits and strawberry), floriculture cultivation and ornamental nurseries.


Cross-expertise. (i) making judgements: capability of identify the information needed to manage the main decision in the organization of horticultural productions, floriculture and nursery; (ii) communications: capability of 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 a farm that operates in the social (psychologists, social operators etc.).



The course explains the basic characteristics of the fruit growing and nurseries gardening examining some case studies related to fruit and flower species grown in greenhouse and / or open field.

Production cycles and cultivation technique of small berry fruits (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry etc.) in the open field and under greenhouse will be showed (2 ECTS).

Furthermore, production cycles regarding certain species of flowers (Chrysanthemum L., Lilium etc.) and nursery plants (Laurus nobilis, Nerium oleander, Pittosporum tobira, etc.) most cultivated in the Marche Region will be explained (3 ECTS).

Management of irrigation and fertigation in soil, greenhouse and pots culture will be described (1 ECTS).

Practical tutorials on the propagation of the treated species will be also planned.

Guided visits to fruit farms and nurseries in the Marche Region will be available.

Development of the examination

"Social horticultural, ornamental and fruitculture" is an integrated course consisting of two modules: Ornamental and fruitculture (6 ECTS) and Horticultural lab (3 ECTS). Each module is independently evaluated, but with a unique final grade, resulting from the weighted average of the grades obtained in the two modules (weights results from the respective number of ECTS for each module).


Learning evaluation methods

Test final examination will be based a written test (optional) and/or oral examination.


Learning evaluation criteria


The student in the course will have to possess the following knowledge i) the fruit tree species explained during the course ii) identify the species most suitable for fruitcultural and horticultural interest cultivation, including the choice of varieties that corresponds to the soil and climate, the corporate structure and destination of the product.

The students, during the oral test, will have to demonstrate an overall knowledge of the contents, using appropriate technical terminology and to be able to handle with deductive reasoning that enable him to create links within matter, and to have acquired a complete mastery of discipline.


Learning measurement criteria

The final mark 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 written test (optional) consists of 20 open-ended questions about the topics, for each one questions will be evaluated with score maximum of 10 point. The final result of the written test will be expressed in thirtieths.

The oral examination consists of three questions concerning the subjects listed in the teaching program, each of ones will be quantified in the range 0 - 10. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.

If the student wants to perform both tests (written and oral), the final grade will result from the average of the two results expressed in thirtieths.

Recommended reading

1.         Autori Vari (1991). Frutticoltura Speciale. Reda – Edizioni per l’agricoltura

2.         Tesi R. (2008) Colture Protette. Ed. Edagricole

3.         Accati E. (1993) Trattato di Floricoltura. Ed. Agricole

4.         Tesi R. (2002) Colture fuori suolo in orticoltura e floricoltura.



Tutorial session


Tuesday from 01:30 pm to 03:30 pm.

  • C.L.M. - Scienze Agrarie e del Territorio - Curriculum AGRICOLTURA SOCIALE (LM SAT - AS)

Università Politecnica delle Marche
P.zza Roma 22, 60121 Ancona
Tel (+39) 071.220.1, Fax (+39) 071.220.2324
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