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 3A036


Propaedeutic to this course basic knowledge of Biology .

Development of the course

The teaching method is based on lectures using Power Point presentations (4 CFU), supplied in copies to the students, and practical exercises in the educational workshop, along with essential educational tours in the natural environment (2 credits). The course is also given in e-learning using the Moodle platform. Within this platform are available: a) teaching materials exposed b) educational and integrative scientific material made available by the teacher (instructions for the preparation and the meaning of the herbarium, articles, insights, dissertations, etc .. ) c) exchanging equipment. 

Learning outcomes


Provide a foundation of knowledge and skills of interpretation of plant biodiversity by understanding the mode of analysis of the flora and plant landscape and for the identification of the most appropriate ways of reading and spatial complexity lecture.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Main educational goal is the development of the student's ability to learn about the diversity of the plant landscape. Through the theoretical activities and the student practices acquires the basis to recognize the plant biodiversity, use this knowledge to assess the overall environmental impact of the factors that determine the local combination, including direct and indirect anthropogenic ones.


Ability to identify the methods of analysis and environmental design through the knowledge of policies relating to agro-environmental measures and those of the areas and habitats of the Natura 2000 network interpretation.


introductory aspects (1 CFU)

Flora, vegetation, landscape, biodiversity.

Species and habitats of plant landscape Italian and European (4 CFU)

Analysis of species (and habitats that house) of Italian and European flora on the basis of the principal families, ordered according to the morphological evolutionary significance: pteridophytes, gymnosperms, angiosperms.

Problems of knowledge and environmental management (1 CFU)

Rural landscape and woodland remnants of Italian Adriatic coast;

Monitoring, maintenance and management of biodiversity.

Final assessment methods


Development of the examination

Methods of assessment of learning

Final assessment will focus on an oral interview and discussion on personal herbarium.

The student will prepare a herbarium according to one of the suggested modes: General Herbarium (40 samples belonging to trees and shrubs and herbaceous species in 60 samples); Herbarium at the territorial issue (100 samples collected in an area well-defined as: Common, valley, mountain, etc.). Herbarium environmental theme (100 samples of a given environment, such as a type of forest or grassland); Herbarium themed taxonomic (100 dried dedicated to one big family, like Poaceae, Asteraceae, Liliaceae or Lamiaceae, or to a group of nearby families taxonomically, such as Rosaceae, Ulmaceae, Moraceae and Rhamnaceae, belonging to the order of Rosales); Ethnobotanical Herbarium theme (composed of plants known for the various forms of use handed down by popular culture in a given geographical area), addressing the description of the morphological, ecological characteristics and utilization of species belonging to a given taxonomic family.

Criteria for assessment of learning

The student, during the oral test, will have to prove: a) knowledge of plant biodiversity on morphological and ecological basis, b) knowledge of procedures for analyzing, monitoring and interpretation of biodiversity in environmental policies.

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 to enable it to implement appropriate connections within the matter and to have acquired a complete mastery.

Criteria for measuring learning

Attribution of the final mark out of thirty.

Criteria for awarding the final grade

individual work which gives a score from 0 to 9. Oral examination divided 3 questions, each of which will be evaluated using a score ranging from 0 to 7 points. The honors will be given to students who, having achieved the highest rating, have demonstrated the complete mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading

1.PIGNATTI S., 1982, La flora d’Italia (3 Voll.), Edagricole, Bologna

2.TAFFETANI F. (a cura di), 2012 - Herbaria. Il grande libro degli erbari italiani. Per la ricerca tassonomica la conoscenza ambientale e la conservazione del patrimonio naturale. Società Botanica Italiana – Nardini Editore, Firenze; pp. 1-814

3.FINCO A. 2007, Ambiente, Paesaggio e Biodiversità nelle politiche di sviluppo rurale, ARACNE Ed. pp.155.



Tutorial session


Every day from 12.00 to 14.00, including the remaining working hours, directly at the teacher's office. An appointment via email and telephone is recommended.


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