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Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Geoheritage and Global Geoparks
Applied Geomorphology and Geology (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: GEO/04 CFU: 5
Applied Geomorphology and Geology (exercise)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: GEO/04 CFU: 1
Teachers: Paola CORATZA
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language inglese
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The aims of the course is to provide the students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge useful to a correct conceptual and methodological approach to the study of Geoheritage and to the management and enhancement of Geoheritage in Geoparks. Particular attention will be devoted to the presentation of real case studies. Attention will also be focused on the methods of communication of the contents learnt. In particular, communication tools will be provided that allow graduates to promote awareness of the main issues related to Geoheritage, its management and enhancement.

Admission requirements

In order to attend the course, students should have a good knowledge of the fundamentals of Earth Sciences.

Course contents

Part 1 (3 CFU)
- Geoheritage: definitions and characteristics
- Methodologies of inventory, qualitative-quantitative assessment and mapping of geosites
- Examples of good practices of Geoheritage enhancement, conservation and management, both nationally and internationally
- Geotourism

Part 2 (3 CFU)
- Management and enhancement of Geoheritage in Geoparks
- The UNESCO Word Heritage Site label
- The UNESCO Geopark label: foundamental features, focus area, sustainable developement goals, application dossier

Teaching methods

Lessons, practicals, use of multimedia supports, lectures, field trips.

Assessment methods

The assessment of the acquired knowledge is carried out through a final oral exam related to the topics reported in the "Content of the Course" section. The evaluation will be in marks out of thirty points. The exam consists of an oral test which foresees an evaluation of students’: 1) KNOWLEDGE AND COMPREHENSION CAPACITY: evaluated through questions pertaining subjects selected from the program points indicated in the "Course Content" section. 2) CAPACITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND COMPREHENSION: evaluated through question whose answer requires knowing and correlate more than two basic topics. 3) COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS: Assessed on the basis of interlocution and discussion skills and language property. In assigning the final mark the level of the following aspects will be considered: i) theoretical knowledge acquired (50%); ii) capacity of applying the acquired knowledge (40%); iii) communications skills (10%). Each ability will be assessed based on different topics taught within the course.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding ability: By means of traditional lessons and interactive discussions, the students learn the concepts of Geoheritage, its management and enhancement.
Capacity of applying knowledge and understanding: By means of practicals, lectures and field trips, the student is able to apply the knowledge achieved for the comprehension of the role of Geoheritage in scientific, territorial and environmental frameworks.
Judgment independence: By means of the activities carried out during the course, the student is able to analyse, critically discuss issues related to Geoheritage and its values.
Communication ability: The written reports accompanying the maps produced enable the student to develop the ability to discuss about Geoheritage and its use and management with an appropriate technical-scientific language.
Learning capacity: The activities carried out enable the student to acquire the methodological skills necessary to positively face the study, management and enhancement of Geoheritage in the frame of Geoparks.


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