Fundamentals of Earth sciences

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to: i) introduce students to Earth Sciences, to read the physical landscape, the processes that modify it, the resulting forms and their evolution over time according to both natural and anthropic factors; ii) provide the tools to analyze the physical landscape and to carry out qualitative and quantitative studies. Introduce students to the concepts of danger, vulnerability, environmental risk and methods for their quantification.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the students will have acquired knowledge on how to read and interpret the physical landscape, on the processes that modify it. This knowledge will develop skills for the interpretation of environmental risks and their possible dynamics.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The course will be delivered in blended form which means that it will be possible to join the lectures both in class-room and on-line (TEAMS platform) in synchronous connection with the possibility of real-time interaction between the students and the teacher. If new restrictions will be introduced, due to Covid-19, lectures will be offered only on-line.
Lecture scheduling and other details will be provided at the link Students are invited to regularly check their institutional email, as well as the Ariel platform, for any communication concerning the course.
Instructions for booking a class-room seat are provided on the SePA web site.
Course syllabus
This course provides students with basic theoretical concepts on the geological processes and structures of the Earth, as well as their evolution over time and the main techniques used for their investigation. The course aims at furnishing a general overview of the methodologies used to investigate the System - Earth at different scales.
Prerequisites for admission
See Manifesto 2020/2021
Teaching methods
Frotal lessons (8 CFU) and practical work on cartography and rocks (1CFU)
Teaching Resources
Text book: «Capire la Terra. Terza Edizione italiana condotta sulla settima edizione americana» di Grotzinger, J.P., Jordan, T. H. Editor: ZANICHELLI. ISBN 9788808821232
PDF file of the theaching STAFF uploaded on ARIEL web-site of the course
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will consist in two parts:
- one practical on cartography
- one oral including the recognition of 1 rock sample
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 64 hours