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 1^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code STA 3A482


Basics of physics, computer science, animal science, agronomy and ecology.

Development of the course

The course consists of theoretical lectures (4 ECTS) whose teaching material (slides and pdf) will be provided online. Lectures are integrated by lab exercises involving students in, individual and group, design activities (2 ECTS). The course is also given in blended mode (e-learning) by the faculty Moodle platform, where: (i) teaching units; (ii) the most valuable design works from previous years, (iii) self-assessment tests; (iv) reference books; (v) field trips grid and enrolling lists; (vi) forum and other e-learning tools, are made available.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

the course allows student become informed users and critical consumers of (i) Geomatics (cartography, GIS/CAD and remote sensing) and get acquaintance with (ii) the main stages characterising rural building and vernacular heritage strategic planning and design. Special attention will be drawn to the European union regulations.


Applying knowledge and understanding:

The course aims at two objectives: (i) applying the knowledge of Geomatics to manage geo-information at both territorial as well as local scale, being able to perform the monitoring of rural building and vernacular heritage patrimony and the changes of its surrounding rural territorial setting; (ii) being at the same time able to perform suitable and sound design essays to refurbish, preserve and valorize given rural buildings, delivering the main technical annexes (reports, drawings, maps, plans and 3D renderings).



(i) independent judgment: ability to integrate the specific pieces of knowledge gained during the course with those acquainted in other basic disciplines, been able to understand its synergic added value in the broader context of the entire curriculum; (ii) communication skills: ability to transfer in a clear and comprehensive way the outcomes of his own work (reports, drawings, maps, plans and 3D renderings) using an appropriate scientific; (iii) team-building: ability to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative design tasks.


1. Introduction: origin, definitions, content and fields of application of Geomatics, relationships linkages between buildings and its territory (0.5 ECTS).

2. General cartography: elements of geodesy, introduction to the history of cartography, cartographic language, maps classification, basics of topographic mapping, features and contents of topographic and thematic maps, category of projections and cartographic coordinates systems, concept of datum and its applications, scale/information ratio, accuracy, interpretation of topographic maps, main applicative issues and exercises (1 ECTS).

3. Italian official cartography: national and regional mapping system, main sources of geo-information, online cartographic portals and web-GIS systems (0.5 ECTS).

4. Digital cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): vector and raster formats, general architecture, models and data structures, spatial and logical-mathematical operators, fields of application, basis of Remote Sensing and its applications (1 ECTS).

5. Acquisition and interpretation of geo-information and context analysis: integrated survey of rural buildings, survey and data analysis; refurbishment and reuse of rural buildings; the design steeps, basics, approaches and methods (CAD), national legislation and examples of international references, , individual or group design essay (1 ECTS).

6. Valorization and functionalization of rural buildings and of rural vernacular heritage: definition of vernacular architecture, international cultural references, functional categories and technologies in relation to the local context and the evolution of the agricultural systems (1 ECTS).

7. Elements of building technology: building materials and their properties; main elements of a rural building. Buildings for livestock production: stables for cattle, pigs and Poultry (1 ECTS).

Development of the examination

Learning evaluation methods

The course concludes with an oral presentation of the group or individual design work, the oral essay continues with a discussion on two subjects among those listed in the program. During the course, there are also going to be available self-evaluation tests (e-learning mode), in order to provide the students useful information about their skill level.


Learning evaluation criteria

To pass the oral exam, the student must demonstrate proper knowledge of the topics covered in the course and listed in the program, showing his mastery over the discussed topics with a proper scientific-technical language.


Learning measurement criteria

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


Final mark allocation criteria

The oral discussion consists of two parts: (i) a critical review of the contents and the outcomes of the design work; (ii) questions concerning the subjects listed in the program. Each part will be quantified in the range 0 – 30, the final score is calculated on the average value. The pass mark of 30 “cum laude” is given when the student demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading

1. Gomarasca M.A., 2004. Elementi di Geomatica, Edizioni AIT

2. Burrough P.A. e McDonnell R.A., 1998. Principles of Geographical Information Systems, Oxford University Press, 1998

3. Chiumenti R., 2004. Costruzioni Rurali, Edagricole, Bologna.

4. Anselmi S., Volpe G., 1987. Architettura popolare in Italia: Marche, Editori Laterza, Bari.

5. Palombarini A., Volpe G., 2002. La casa di terra nelle Marche, Federico Motta Editore

6. Agostini S., Failla S., Godano P., 1998. Recupero e valorizzazione del patrimonio edilizio, Franco Angeli, Milano.

7. V. Ingegnoli, E. Marcheggiani et al., 2015. Landscape Bionomics Biological-Integrated Landscape Ecology, Springer-Verlag Mailand



Tutorial sessions

Wednesday 14 pm - 16 pm

  • C.L.T. - Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie Curriculum TECNOLOGIE AGRARIE (STA - TA)

Università Politecnica delle Marche
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