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CODE 106948
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR CHIM/01
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
PREREQUISITES
Propedeuticità in ingresso
Per sostenere l'esame di questo insegnamento è necessario aver sostenuto i seguenti esami:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge of the main classes of organic contaminants and their analytical determination in different matrices (environmental, food, biological, etc.).

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course intends to provide students with the theoretical knowledge of the most important classes of organic contaminants and their analytical determination in different matrices (environmental, food, biological, etc.). In particular, different classes of organic contaminants will be considered, the ones traditionally studied (Persistent Organic Pollutants, POPs) and those of more recent scientific interest, the so-called emerging contaminants, including, among others, drugs and substances used in products for personal care, flame retardants, endocrine disruptors, perfluorinated substances. The different sample preparation methods and instrumental methods (LC-MS, GC-MS) most suitable for the determination of the substances under examination will be illustrated, considering, in addition to their chemical-physical characteristics, also important factors such as their concentration, type of matrix and its complexity, the possible presence of interferents.

At the end of the course students will be able to

- know and describe the main classes of organic contaminants, their chemical-physical characteristics, the main matrices in which their analysis is carried out, the most common problems related to their determination

- know the main matrices in which their analysis is carried out and the most common problems related to their determination

- identify, among the different sample preparation methods and the different instrumental analytical techniques, those most suitable for their determination in different matrices, also considering the notions learned during the analytical chemistry courses already attended

 - describe in technical language the stages of sample preparation and the subsequent instrumental analysis

- communicate effectively in written and oral form, adapting one's communication to the context, using various sources and aids, exercising critical thinking; using, processing and evaluating information, exercising argumentative skills

- identifying one's skills, showing ability to concentrate and critically reflect on a task

- manage their own social interactions, developing a cooperative attitude and constructive communication skills in different environments, respect others and their needs,be willing to overcome prejudices, express and understand different points of view, learning to manage possible conflicts, build trust, empathy

- being aware of one's preferred learning strategies, organizing and evaluating personal learning according to what is understood and learned.

Students who have participated to the activities can be awarded up to 4 Open Badges on soft skills, i.e:

- functional literacy skills: reading, writing, appropriate use of language and use of sources;      
- personal competence: autonomy, concentration, resistance to stress;      
- social competence: interpersonal skills, collaborative attitude, sensitivity and empathy;      
- learning to learn skills: self-assessment and self-learning.

TEACHING METHODS

Attending lessons is not compulsory, although strongly recommended. The course will alternate lectures in Italian with group work, favoring case studies and project teaching. Activities will also be organized to encourage an active approach for the solution of an analytical problem.

The 4 CFU of teaching will be delivered for approximately 18 hours with participative teaching mode and 14 hours with lectures.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The bibliographic research for the solution of an analytical problem.

The "classic" organic contaminants (pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, organotin compounds ...) and their characteristics. Analytical techniques for their extraction, purification, preconcentration and analysis in different matrices (environmental, food, biological).

The problem of "emerging contaminants" (drugs, personal care products, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds, ...); their characteristics and peculiarities. Endocrine disruptors, characteristics and their possible effect on organisms. Analytical techniques for their extraction, purification, preconcentration and analysis in different matrices (environmental, food, biological).

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Slides of the lectures and further teaching material (scientific articles, regulations, different material for a detailed study) available on the Aulaweb platform.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

 From March 4, 2024

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Students wishing to take the exam must book within 2 days in advance on: https://servizionline.unige.it/studenti/esami/prenotazione.

Examination description:

- group and/or personal paper with an in-depth study of a case study or a topic of the course, previously agreed upon with the teacher.

- individual oral interview

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The presentation of a paper allows to verify the students' learning in putting into practice the new informations, verifying skills of different types (choice of bibliographic sources, correctness of technical language, ability to synthesize and critical reflection, ability to make connections to concepts already addressed in the other analytical chemistry courses).

The oral interview will allow to evaluate:

- knowledge,

- the ability to use the skills developed in different contexts

Evaluation criteria are:

- the quality of the oral presentation,

- the correct use of the specialist vocabulary,

- the capacity for analysis and critical reflection, even on already discussed or hypothetical cases .

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students who have valid certification of physical or learning disabilities on file with the University and who wish to discuss possible accommodations or other circumstances regarding lectures, coursework and exams, should speak both with the instructor and with Professor Sergio Di Domizio (sergio.didomizio@unige.it), the Department’s disability liaison.

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
Quality education
Quality education
Gender equality
Gender equality

OpenBadge

 PRO3 - Soft skills - Personale base 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Personale base 1 - A
 PRO3 - Soft skills - Imparare a imparare base 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Imparare a imparare base 1 - A
 PRO3 - Soft skills - Sociale avanzato 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Sociale avanzato 1 - A
 PRO3 - Soft skills - Alfabetica avanzato 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Alfabetica avanzato 1 - A