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Degree course in FORESTRY AND AGRO-ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Codice 2148)
Curriculum\Profile description: TERRITORIAL AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

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Detail Degree Course Academic year of the educational offer: 2020/2021
School:
  • POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL
Class:
  • Environmental and forestry sciences (LM-73)

credits total:120

Educational objectives
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The course provides students with advanced education on professional and research issues in the field of Forest and Environmental Sciences, which aims to enable them to address and manage complex problems of planning, management and conservation of forest and rural ecosystems, land preservation, soil defence and conservation, organization of the production chain and technological upgrading of wood products. The course is based on highly topical professional issues and benefits from the experience gained in many years of research work carried out by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (former Faculty of Agriculture) and the Polytechnic School in Sicily but also at national and international level. Therefore the teachings pour the practical experiences of continuous and up-to-date research of the Course teachers work, and the course provides also field and laboratory activities. Graduates of this Course consolidate the basic knowledge acquired in previous level by acquiring a specialized, cultural and professional profile oriented towards land management, monitoring and protection of forestry and environmental resources, land use planning, soil conservation and land conservation, the prevention of forest fires, the management of agro-sylvo-pastoral companies, the use and enhancement of agro-forestry products. The specific objectives relate to the acquisition of skills related to geographic information systems for land analysis and spatial planning, the planning of protected areas, fire planning, preparation of forest inventories, the impact assessment and the SEA, the environmental assessments. The aim is to provide graduates with the tools to address complex situations related to forest and rural land management, as required by the society and by the current EU orientations. More specifically, graduates, relying on the acquired technical knowledge will be able to organize a campaign of dendro-auxometric and site surveys for the preparation of complex projects, in order to thoroughly assess the evolution of stands and other components of the territory and landscape and will be able to apply the forestry in articulated forest stands. They will be able to identify the wood, to evaluate the physical-mechanical performance and durability of the woody material in addition to being able to recognize the main defects of the wood. They will also acquire the specific knowledge and tools needed to analyse more thoroughly the hydrological and erosive risk situations, identifying effective and sustainable solutions through the design and construction management in complex environments. In the field of procurement and management of water resources in the rural area, Graduates will develop expertise on preserving the quality and quantity of water supplies. Graduates will acquire extensive knowledge in the field of applied ecology and of the techniques for surveying the qualitative and quantitative characters of forest stands, the most recent methodologies relating to the design of complex systems, the realization and management of interventions in forest and mountain environments. As part of pedological technique the course provides insights on the evaluation of soils quality and features. Graduates will have the ability to understand the role of microorganisms in the biotic balance of nature with particular reference to the microbial ecology of the environment and forest ecosystems. A further specific objective is to create a competent figure in the organization and management of agro-sylvo-pastoral enterprises, with particular reference to the efficient use of material resources and intangible assets of the company, capable of enhancing production through the adoption of voluntary and mandatory product and process certifications, which are in line with European Union guidelines for rural development policies and environmental ones. In summary, graduates will be able to manage the main agro-rural and mountain ecosystems, in order to ensure their rational use with objectives related to production, environment, landscape and fruition. The Course is divided into two curricula: Management of Forest Systems and Protection and Enhancement of rural territory. Teaching is conducted through lectures, laboratory and field exercises, specialized seminars and progress tests. The expected time for graduation is 2 academic years. To achieve the degree, students must obtain 120 university credits (CFU), including those relating to the thorough knowledge of one European Union language, besides Italian, subject to the special rules for the protection of linguistic minorities. The teaching program consists of 11 required exams, elective activities (12 credits are acquired in accordance with article 10, paragraph 5, point a, of Ministerial Decree 270/04) also freely chosen among the subjects provided by other degree courses of the University of Palermo, or other Italian and foreign universities. The Educational programme provides further training activities to acquire advanced language knowledge (7 CFU), as well as highly professional skills directly related to the labour market. The training course is completed with the practical/applicative internship at accredited facilities, and the final examination on specific issues. At the end of the course, students will be awarded the title of “Dottore Magistrale in "Scienze e Tecnologie Forestali e Agro-Ambientali" and, after passing the national professional qualification they may enrol in Section A of the dell ' professional register of the “Albo professionale dell'Ordine dei Dottori Agronomi e Forestali”. Making judgments: Graduates have consolidated their critical skills so as to analyse the elements and interactions of complex territorial entities. In the professional activity they are therefore able to assess the implications and results of operations they design and makes operate in forestry and in the territory. They are also able to assess the consequences and repercussions of their work collaborating in activities of strategic environmental and impact assessments. The expected learning outcomes are achieved by developing the student's ability to compare different solutions of the problem being treated, also drafting specific papers. The verification of the learning outcomes is carried out by testing, in-course tests or in the final examination, the critical skills of the student and his/her ability to predict the effects of the choices. Communication skills: The interest placed on environmental issues and the amplitude of the repercussions require the graduates’ ability to expose, defend and mediate with various professionals and with the public their theories and the assessments of interventions designed in their complexity, using the specific vocabulary, and exposing clearly and precisely what they mean to the broader public. In particular they will be able to support the importance of a correct approach to environmental issues and to highlight the wider impact of the proposed and executed works and of their sustainability on the social context. The communication skills they reach allow them to participate successfully in the environmental assessment process as part of plans and projects at various levels. The expected learning outcomes are achieved through the students’ ability to use the tool of the presentation in oral or written form of the knowledge they have acquired, during examinations. The expected learning outcomes are assessed evaluating the ability to present the issues they deal with, through the use of the specific language, but understandable by a non-competent public Learning skills: As part of the specific forestry and land subjects, graduates of this course will be able to maintain up-to-date technical and scientific knowledge, identifying and analysing the whole research in the field. The acquired competences enable them to follow second-level master courses, advanced courses as well as scientific and professional seminars transferring the acquired knowledge in their specific activities area. The course projects its graduates in the broader context of ongoing research, providing the tools for independent analysis and assessment of the significance of the research work they may consult, receiving a continuous professional enrichment. The expected learning outcomes are achieved by maintaining the logic succession, as well as any prerequisites, that shall be provided by the academic regulations of the course, of the subjects be featured in the degree program with the aim of developing the ability to understand the aspects of application as well as of utilization of research results. The assessment, carried out during examinations, aims at testing the students’ ability to use the acquired knowledge to solve new problems, to recognize the need for further information, to use the results of specific research.
Professional opportunities
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Profile: Forest Systems Technician Functions: Forest Systems Technicians are second level experts in the management, maintenance and control of forest systems, capable of responding to the needs of public authorities as well as of companies and professional services. They may enroll in section A of the professional register of the Order of Doctors in Agronomy and Forestry. Skills: - Drafting of project for the management and improvement of existing forests; - Drafting of reforestation and afforestation plans; - Drafting of projects for the rehabilitation and restoration of degraded forest areas; - Field surveys to assess the evolution of stands and forest landscape; - Drafting of agricultural-forestry studies in support of the municipal regulatory plans; - Environmental impact studies in protected areas of the Natura 2000 network; - Studies for the conservation and improving of forest biodiversity; - Drafting of management and settlement plans of forest areas; - Drafting of regulatory plans of the pasture and livestock in the forest; - Design of interventions for the hydrogeological instability and soil degradation control; - Studies for the upgrade of the forestry information system and forest monitoring. Professional opportunities: - Self-employment; employment as officer or manager at national and international public institutions such as: National and Regional Park authorities, the National Forest Service, Ministries, Regions, Mountain Communities, Municipalities, FAO, Environmental Protection Agencies , United Nations Agencies with expertise in forestry, companies and institutions involved in research and innovation activities in the forestry and environmental sectors. Graduates in “Forestry and Agro-Environmental Science and Technology” may participate in competitions for the recruitment of officials of the State Forestry Corps. Graduates in “Forestry and Agro-Environmental Science and Technology” who have acquired a sufficient number of credits in the fields covered by current legislation may participate in the tests for admission to the training courses for secondary education. They can also access to PhD courses and University master courses. Profile: Technician for the protection and enhancement of rural land Functions: These Technicians are professionals able to respond to the needs of public authorities and of the world of business and professional services with respect to the actions for the protection and enhancement of the rural environment. They may enroll in section A of the professional register of the Order of Doctors in Agronomy and Forestry. Skills: - Drafting of project for the management and improvement of rural land; - Drafting of reforestation and afforestation plans; - Drafting of projects for the rehabilitation and restoration of degraded rural areas; - Drafting of agricultural-forestry studies in support of the municipal regulatory plans; - Environmental impact studies in protected areas of the Natura 2000 network; - Studies for the conservation and improving of agricultural biodiversity; - Estimation of complex landed property, as well as of forest industry plants and products; - Drafting of wildlife management plans; - Drafting of grazing regulatory plans; Professional opportunities: - Self-employment; employment as officer or manager at national and international public institutions such as: National and Regional Park authorities, the National Forest Service, Ministries, Regions, Mountain Communities, Municipalities, FAO, Environmental Protection Agencies , United Nations Agencies with expertise in forestry, companies and institutions involved in research and innovation activities in the forestry and environmental sectors. Graduates in “Forestry and Agro-Environmental Science and Technology” may participate in competitions for the recruitment of officials of the State Forestry Corps. Graduates in “Forestry and Agro-Environmental Science and Technology” who have acquired a sufficient number of credits in the fields covered by current legislation may participate in the tests for admission to the training courses for secondary education. They can also access to PhD courses and University master courses. Profile: Soil Conservation Technician Functions: These Technicians are senior experts in the design of hydraulic defence and soil conservation interventions at the river basin scale. They may enrol in section A of the professional register of the Order of Doctors in Agronomy and Forestry. Skills: - Ability to analyse complex situations of soil degradation and natural hazard and to develop effective and sustainable technical solutions for the hydraulic protection of agro-forest land - Analysis of complex interventions of hydraulic-forest settlement and soil protection including through the use of bioengineering techniques. Professional opportunities: - Officer or director, at national and international public institutions such as: State Forestry Corps, Regions, Mountain communities, Municipalities, Park Authorities, Environmental Protection agencies, engineering and environmental planning companies; - Researcher at Company and institutions that deal with research and innovation in the forestry and environmental sectors. Graduates in “Forestry and Agro-Environmental Science and Technology” who have acquired a sufficient number of credits in the fields covered by current legislation may participate in the tests for admission to the training courses for secondary education. They can also access to PhD courses and University master courses. Profile: Agro-sylvo Business Management and Valuation Technician Functions: Senior experts in the organization and management of agro-Silvo-pastoral companies and in the evaluation of forest stands and of environmental resources. They are also experts in environmental impact evaluation. They may enroll in section A of the professional register of the Order of Doctors in Agronomy and Forestry. Skills: Management and organization of internal resources of agro-Silvo-Pastoral companies. Ability to plan the company's internal organization for the implementation of product and process certifications. Ability to follow the relations with the market according to a chain approach. Ability to make estimates of land and environmental assets, as well as of plant and forest industry products. Ability to carry out Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment. Ability to carry out projects and propose actions related to the rural development policy and in the framework of EU policies. Ability to manage protected areas. Professional opportunities: - Employment as manager at national and international public institutions such as: National and Regional Park authorities, the National Forest Service, Ministries, Regions, Mountain Communities, Municipalities, FAO, Environmental Protection Agencies , United Nations Agencies with expertise in forestry, companies and institutions involved in research and innovation activities in the forestry and environmental sectors; - Technical positions in the organization and administration of production and transformation activities in forestry; - Market relations technicians; - Certification technicians in forestry and environment areas. - Consultancy to public and private agencies. Graduates in Science and Technology Forestry and Agro-environmental that will have acquired a sufficient number of credits in the fields covered by current legislation may participate in the tests for admission to the training courses for secondary education. Profile: Forest Management Technician Functions: They are senior experts in the management, maintenance and control of agro-forestry systems. They may enroll in section A of the professional register of the Order of Doctors in Agronomy and Forestry. . Skills: Ability to perform surveys for the preparation of complex projects in order to assess the evolution of stands and forest landscape. Ability to apply of forest management practices in the planning and bedding of forest areas. Ability to plan and settle large companies and land use plans, Ability to carry out forestry work for land exploitation and improvements. Ability to plan and direct the work in complex areas. Professional opportunities: - Self-employment; employment as officer or manager at national and international public institutions such as: National and Regional Park authorities, the National Forest Service, Ministries, Regions, Mountain Communities, Municipalities, FAO, Environmental Protection Agencies , United Nations Agencies with expertise in forestry, companies and institutions involved in research and innovation activities in the forestry and environmental sectors. Graduates in “Forestry and Agro-Environmental Science and Technology” may participate in competitions for the recruitment of officials of the State Forestry Corps. Graduates in “Forestry and Agro-Environmental Science and Technology” who have acquired a sufficient number of credits in the fields covered by current legislation may participate in the tests for admission to the training courses for secondary education. They can also access to PhD courses and University master courses
Final examination features
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The degree is obtained by passing the final examination. To be admitted to the final examination, students must: - Have passed all the exams and have acquired the credits related to class specific, related and integrative learning activities as well as to elective activities, and to additional educational activities; - Have done an internship in public or private institutions, companies and/or professionals working in the agro-sylvo-pastoral sector and have prepared a special paper summarizing the training activities carried out, as required by the academic regulations; -Have written a thesis for the final examination which will be subject to public presentation and specific assessment. The thesis must be an original paper written by the student under the guidance of a supervisor. The final examination consists of the discussion of the thesis with a Board of teachers appointed by the competent academic bodies. The aim of the final test is to ascertain the graduates’ ability to draw up a written work related to their academic training, as well as to support their arguments in front of experts. The evaluation of the final exam includes the career of the student and the quality of the thesis, according to criteria established in the Degree Course Regulations.


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Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
19646 - MECHANISATION LAB FOR PRECISION AGRICULTURE course specifications COMPARETTI (RU) 3.0 1 G F
20925 - SOIL QUALITY INDICATORS course specifications CONTE (PO) 6.0 1 V B AGR/13
20927 - PRECISION TREE FARMING MANAGEMENT course specifications LO BIANCO (PA) 9.0 1 V B AGR/03
20928 - CONSERVATION AND GENETIC MANAGEMENT OF ZOOTECHNICAL BIODIVERSITY course specifications SARDINA (RD) 6.0 1 V B AGR/17
04214 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOP course specifications 7.0 2 G F
15406 - REMOTE SURVEY AND TERRITORIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS course specifications DI STEFANO (PA) 6.0 2 V B AGR/10
19124 - AGRONOMIC TECHNIQUES OF IRRIGATION AND PHYTODEPURATION course specifications LICATA (RD) 6.0 2 V B AGR/02
19146 - DEFENCE AGAINST PLANT DISEASES - LABORATORY course specifications DAVINO (PA) 3.0 2 G F
Free subjects (suggested) 9.0 D


Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
08054 - EU AGRICULTURAL POLICY course specifications CRESCIMANNO (PO) 6.0 1 V B AGR/01
18457 - EROSION AND SOIL CONSERVATION - WORKSHOP course specifications BAGARELLO (PO) 3.0 1 G F
18474 - SOIL EVALUATION course specifications RAIMONDI (PA) 6.0 1 V B AGR/14
19327 - LAND VALUATION WORKSHOP course specifications DI FRANCO (PA) 3.0 1 G F
20923 - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT course specifications SCHICCHI (PO) 6.0 1 V C BIO/03
20926 - TERRITORIAL AND FIRE PREVENTION PLANNING course specifications MAETZKE (PO) 6.0 1 V B AGR/05
03727 - WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT course specifications PROVENZANO (PO) 6.0 2 V B AGR/08
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 15.0 2 G E
07553 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 8.0 2 G F
20929 - ARTHROPOD INTEGRATED CONTROL course specifications LO VERDE (RU) 6.0 2 V C AGR/11


Elective activities

Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
18466 - AGRO-ENERGIES course specifications LETO (PO) 3.0 1 V D AGR/02
20922 - GREEN MARKETING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATIONS course specifications GALATI (PA) 3.0 1 V D AGR/01
11561 - NATURALISTIC ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES course specifications FERRO (PO) 3.0 2 V D AGR/08


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