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APPLIED ECOLOGY

CODE 98070
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 5 cfu during the 1st year of 10720 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (LM-35) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/07
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Provide fundamental knowledge on the methods for the evaluation of environmental issues due to human impacts on the biosphere, with specific regard to pollution and resource consumption.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The applied ecology course is expected to give the basic knowledge regarding ecology and ecosystems together with the knowledge of the methods for the evaluation of the heath state of the natural system and of the sustainability level of environmental systems. The student will be able to face ecological issues and the challenges of a sustainable management of complex environmental systems.

    Specifically, the student will be able to:

    • analyze natural systems by means of whole system methodology

    • evaluate the complexity and functioning of natural

    • evaluate causes and effects of natural systems alteration

    • assess the sustainability level of territories, productive systems and populations

    • apply the concepts to study cases

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lessons are mainly based on taught classes with several practical exercises aiming at fixing and evaluating the knowledge and learning level.

    Taught classes will be taken via WEB on a dedicated Microsoft TEAMS group. Lessons will take advantage of diverse multimedia supports.

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    Please refer to the specific AulaWeb page for any updates regarding teaching and organization due to possible changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    ECOLOGY and ECOSYSTEMS - basic concepts and backgrownd

    HEALTH AND INTEGRITY OF ECOSYSTEMS – natural system health as an emergent property – system approaches to environmental health assessment – exergy analysis – network analysis – health index VOR

    ECOLOGICAL MODELLING – methods for the analysis of environmental data – techniques for the tmporal series – techniques for spatial data analysis – model development steps – verification and validation of ecological models – goodness of fit measures – accuracy and precision of ecological models

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY – definition and history of sustainability concept – sustainability as an emergent property of anthropic systems – sustainability measures – ecological footprint – emergy analysis – life cycle assessment – greenhouse gas accounting – growth and development in a sustainable context – measure of economic sustainability vs environmental sustainability – index of sustainable economic well being

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Lessons and multimedia files employed during classes will be available on AulaWeb repository at the end of every classes cycle.

    The suggested books are to be intended as further supporting material. The list is not complete and other texts may be used. Many of the suggested titles are available at the UNIGE library

    Basi di ecologia. Eugene P. Odum; Piccin-Nuova Libraria
    Fundamentals of ecological modelling. S.E. Jorgensen te al.; Elsevier
    Energy Basis for Man and Nature, H.T. Odum McGraw Hill Higher Education
    La soglia della sostenibilità. E. Tiezzi et al.; Donzelli ed
    Analysing ecological data. Zuur, Ieno, Smith. Springer

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ADRIANA DEL BORGHI (President)

    MICHELA GALLO

    LUCA MORESCHI

    CHIARA PAOLI

    PAOLO POVERO

    PAOLO VASSALLO (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The final exam is a written one made of 20 questions (short answer) and an exercize

    Three rounds will be fixed during summer session (jun, jul and sep) and 2 during winter session (jan-feb)

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

     

    Details on final exam will be given durin classes together with information regarding the level of accuracy needed for each argument.

    The exam will be focused on the main arguments treated during classes and it is trageted to the evaluation of both the level of knowledge and the ability to apply theoretical concepts to real management issues.

     

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    10/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    20/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    04/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    18/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    12/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    It is recommended to attend classes