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Degree course in AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES (Codice 2122)
Curriculum\Profile description: AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES

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Detail Degree Course Academic year of the educational offer: 2015/2016
School:
  • POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL
Class:
  • Agriculture and Forestry (L-25)

credits total:180

Educational objectives
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The Degree Course in Agricultural Science and Technologies provides core competences in the agricultural sector, with respect, in particular, to the technologies and control of plant and animal productions in their qualitative, quantitative and hygienic-sanitary aspects, to the transformation and marketing of products, to the management of agricultural farms, to the evaluation of land, equipment, technical means and products. Graduates of this course should acquire core competences in propaedeutical subjects such as Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Plant and animal Biology, which are needed to understand the principles of specific professional subjects. These competences will enable students to achieve a professional grounding including the agronomic principles of cultivations and of crop defence as well as zootechnical breeding principles Graduates will possess knowledge of the techniques for surveying animal and plant biological parameters, enabling them to carry out field surveys and the relevant qualitative and quantitative processing. They will also acquire knowledge about the main industry regulations and the principles of forestry economics and evaluation needed for autonomous professional activities such as planning and settling of agricultural firms, evaluation of land, technical means, agricultural equipment and products; projects and valuations of tree, herbaceous and systems; land exploitation and amelioration; rural development and technical-economic management of farms, protected areas and processing companies. The profile requires the dialectical skills needed to disclose and argue oneà- s own technical ideas with specialists and non-specialists, command of English language or of another European language, which is necessary for reading and interpreting technical texts, for professional exchanges and for basic dissemination. Acquired competences will enable graduates to tackle and solve the following issues: - Sustainable management and development of agricultural and environmental assets; - Agricultural economics and policy, land and environment evaluation; - Open air and protected tree, grass, vegetables and flower farming techniques; - Techniques of livestock production; - Agricultural Mechanics and mechanization of crop and livestock farms; - Agricultural Hydraulics, irrigation systems and their design; - Storage and processing of agricultural and livestock products; - Defense of the crops and the environment from biotic and abiotic damages; Educational activities consist of lectures, laboratory and field practice and mid-term testing. The course lasts three academic years. To achieve the degree, students should have acquired 180 credits (CFU), including the ones related to the knowledge of an European Union language, besides Italian, subject to the special rules for the protection of linguistic minorities. The educational programme provides for 19 mandatory examinations, 1 elective examination, a test of computing skills, a language test and a practical training period in external facilities and the final examination about specific course issues. The 12 elective credits may be acquired, in accordance with article 10, paragraph 5, letter a) of DM 270/04, choosing freely among teachings provided by other courses of the Faculty of Agriculture of Palermo and other faculties of the University and other Italian and foreign universities.
Professional opportunities
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The training enable graduates of this course to manage and solve, as junior professionals, the following issues: - Sustainable management and upgrading of the agricultural and environmental heritage; - Agricultural economics and policy, agricultural and environmental evaluation; - Techniques of tree, herb, vegetables and flower farming in the open air and in a protected environment; - Techniques of livestock production; - Agricultural Mechanics and mechanization of crops and livestock farms; - Agricultural Hydraulics, irrigation systems and their design; - Storage and processing of agricultural and livestock products; - Defence of the crops and the environment by biotic and abiotic damage. Graduates may carry out their professional activity in the following fields: Self-employment, public and private agencies, agricultural firms, pesticide companies, technical assistance.
Final examination features
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The Degree is obtained by passing the final examination. To be admitted to the degree examination the student must: - have passed the examinations and have obtained the credits related to core, class specific and integrative subjects, to elective courses, to the knowledge of the foreign language and the acquisition of computer skills; - have attended a practical training period in a University or other public or private agency, as required by the academic regulations; - Have written a report on the training activity, which will be specifically evaluated. The final examination consists of the discussion of the dissertation before an examining Board appointed by the relevant academic body. The aim of the thesis is to ascertain the undergraduate's ability to write an essay related to his academic training, and to defence it in front of experts.


course outlinePropaedeutical teachings

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Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01588 - ANIMAL BIOLOGY - INTEGRATED COURSE CAMMARATA (PO) 9.0 1 V
ANIMAL ZOOLOGY AND ECOLOGY CAMMARATA (PO) 6.0 A BIO/05
PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS MARTINELLI (RU) 3.0 C AGR/07
01900 - GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY course specifications DE PASQUALE (PA) 6.0 1 V A CHIM/03
04735 - EU FOREIGN LANGUAGE(*) 3.0 1 G E
16127 - MATHEMATICS course specifications SCIACCA (PA) 6.0 1 V A MAT/01
01647 - PLANT BIOLOGY -- INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications GRISAFI (PQ) 9.0 2 V
PLANT MORPHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY GRISAFI (PQ) 6.0 A BIO/03
SYSTEMATIC BOTANY SCHICCHI (PO) 3.0 C BIO/02
01933 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY course specifications PACE (PO) 6.0 2 V A CHIM/06
03245 - PHYSICS course specifications VACCARO (PC) 6.0 2 V A FIS/01
03927 - COMPUTER SCIENCE 3.0 2 G F
13662 - ELEMENTS OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS - INTEGRATED COURSE COLUMBA (PO) 9.0 2 V
ELEMENTS OF ECONOMICS COLUMBA (PO) 6.0 B AGR/01
PRINCIPLES OF STATISTICS 3.0 C SECS-S/01


Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
02079 - TREE FARMING - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications BARONE (PO) 12.0 1 V
SPECIAL ARBORICULTURE SOTTILE (PA) 6.0 B AGR/03
PRINCIPLES OF ARBORICULTURE BARONE (PO) 6.0 B AGR/03
04949 - AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS AND MECHANISATION course specifications CATANIA (PA) 6.0 1 V B AGR/09
15480 - AGRICULTURAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND SOIL CHEMISTRY course specifications PALAZZOLO (PA) 9.0 1 V B AGR/13
17650 - ZOOTECHNICS - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications PORTOLANO (PO) 12.0 1 V
MORPHOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY AND FEEDING OF PETS TODARO (PA) 6.0 C AGR/18
GENERAL ZOOTECHNICS PORTOLANO (PO) 6.0 B AGR/17
02754 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY course specifications SCHIFANI (PO) 6.0 2 V B AGR/01
03774 - AGRICULTURAL HYDRAULICS course specifications GIORDANO (PO) 6.0 2 V B AGR/08
15398 - AGRONOMY AND PAEDOLOGY - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications GRISTINA (PO) 9.0 2 V
PRINCIPLES OF PAEDOLOGY DAZZI (PO) 3.0 C AGR/14
GENERAL AGRONOMY NOVARA (RD) 6.0 B AGR/02
Free subjects (suggested) 12.0 D


Teachings third year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 5.0 1 G E
07553 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 4.0 1 G F
16057 - AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY AND BIOLOGY OF MICROORGANISMS - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications SETTANNI (PA) 12.0 1 V
AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY 6.0 B AGR/15
MICROORGANISMS BIOLOGY SETTANNI (PA) 6.0 B AGR/16
16093 - AGRICULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY course specifications TSOLAKIS (PA) 6.0 1 V B AGR/11
16094 - LAND APPRAISAL course specifications SCHIMMENTI (PO) 6.0 1 V B AGR/01
11722 - PLANT PATHOLOGY course specifications BURRUANO (PQ) 6.0 2 V B AGR/12
16059 - HERBACEOUS CROPS, HORTICULTURE AND FLOWER CULTURE - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications GIAMBALVO (PO) 12.0 2 V
HORTICULTURE AND FLORICULTURE VETRANO (RU) 6.0 B AGR/04
CROP SCIENCE GIAMBALVO (PO) 6.0 B AGR/02


Elective activities

Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
04160 - CAD LABORATORY 3.0 1 V D ING-IND/05
16357 - CHEMICAL-PHYSICAL ANALYSIS OF AGRICULTURAL SOILS course specifications LAUDICINA (PA) 3.0 1 V D AGR/13
18177 - ELEMENTS OF PEDO-LANDSCAPE CARTOGRAPHY course specifications LO PAPA (PA) 3.0 1 V D AGR/14
18176 - PHYTOSANITARY PRODUCTS IN AGRO-FOREST AND URBAN ENVIRONMENTS course specifications LO BUE (CU) 3.0 2 V D AGR/11


Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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