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Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Risorse idriche sotterranee
Applied Geomorphology and Geology (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: GEO/05 CFU: 3
Applied Geomorphology and Geology (exercise)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: GEO/05 CFU: 3
Teachers: Francesco RONCHETTI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Lessons want to develop knowledge and competencies, theoretical and practical, to tackle problems related to the investigation, management, protection of the groundwater and mitigation of groundwater contaminant phenomenon. For a more complete understanding of the learning objectives, please refer to the learning outcomes expected following the completion of this training course.

Admission requirements

Knowledge about:

Course contents

0.5 CFU – Hydrological groundwater balance, Evapotranspiration, Effective infiltration.
0.25 CFU – Type of aquifers.
0.75 CFU – Well tests, permeability tests.
0.5 CFU – Springs, Groundwater discharge analysis.
0.25 CFU – Groundwater flow path tracer test.
0.25 CFU – Protection action of wells and springs.
0.25 CFU - Vulnerability and protection aquifers.
0.25 CFU – Sea intrusion phenomenon.
0.25 CFU – Hydrochemistry.
0.5 CFU - Groundwater and surface water monitoring.
0.25 CFU - Low enthalpy geothermal energy
1.0 CFU – Groundwater pollution: evolution and mitigation.
1.0 CFU – Exercises: elaboration and interpretation of groundwater and aquifer data (well test, pumping test, groundwater potential head, hydrochemistry)

Teaching methods

The course is delivered in Italian in the manner described below. Lectures held with the aid of audiovisual media (slides). Individual practical exercises with specialized software. Attendance is not compulsory but strongly recommended. The lessons and exercises/practical activities could be held face to face or remotely depending on the evolution of the COVID19 health situation MEETING/DISCUSSIONS: Monday, office F.Ronchetti; for an appointment: Tel.: 059.2058464 or e-mail:

Assessment methods

The assessment of learning is aimed at assessing the achievement of a sufficient level of knowledge/competencies and skills relating to the expected learning outcomes (90%) and at evaluating transversal skills such as communication skills, independent judgment and learning ability (10 %). The exam takes place with an oral test, which provides in: - 4 questions about the course arguments. In some cases, to answer the questions are requested graphical design, formulas and numerical calculation. In the oral tests, the use of supports is allowed only in cases this is provided for in the face of certified DSA. The final mark is out of thirty (enough of 18/30), and the mark is communicated immediately after the oral exam. In case of failure, it is possible to obtain information on how to recover and advice on the learning process at the same time as the oral exam [feedback] The exams could be carried out face to face or remotely depending on the evolution of the COVID19 pandemic situation

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, it is expected that the student will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding:
a) Describe and exemplify the aims and the purpose of the hydrogeological investigation, motoring and management of the groundwater resources.
b) Describe and exemplify the principles governing the groundwater infiltration and flow and the pollution phenomena.

Ability to apply knowledge:
a) Recognize and outline investigation surveys and monitoring network with the aim to develop hydrogeological technical report; design groundwater well and spring capture; design contaminant mitigation work.
c) Analyze the results obtained from site surveys and tests for specific hydrogeological/environmental assessments and draw up summary documents.

Autonomy of Judgment:
a) verify their degree of learning and understanding of the concepts exposed thanks to the possibility of intervention in class.
b) reorganize the knowledge learned and implement one's own capacity for critical and autonomous evaluation of what has been learned.

Communication Skills:
a) express their knowledge correctly and logically, using an appropriate technical-scientific language, in answering the exam questions in a timely and complete manner.
b) summarize and fully elaborate the topics covered, illustrating their key concepts and elements of distinction and internal connection.

Learning ability:
a) deepen the knowledge learned, also to undertake the preparation for the state exam and subsequently provide for one's own updating;
b) master and refine one's geological-technical language.


Materiale (obbligatorio):
Dispense/slides fornite dal docente.
Altro materiale fornito dal docente.
Libri (facoltativi):
-Celico P. - Prospezioni Idrogeologiche - Ed. Liguori, 2 volumi
-Civita M. Idrogeologia applicata e ambientale. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano 2005
-Francani V. - Idrogeologia Ambientale - Casa Editrice Ambrosiana. Distribuzione esclusiva Zanichelli
-Gonzalez de Vallejo Luis I. - Geoingegneria - Editore: Pearson Education Italia, Data di Pubblicazione: 2004, Collana: Accademica, ISBN: 8871920945
-Freeze A.R., Cherry J.A. -Groundwater - Prentice-Hall
-Fetter C.W. - Applied Hydrogeology – McMilla