Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Scienze
A.A. 2016/2017
Credits 3
Hours 24
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code ST03 3S433


Knowledge of general and organic chemistry, general and cell biology is important requisites for this course.

Development of the course

The course will include 64 hours of lectures (8 CFU), of which 40 hours (5 CFU) of  Ecotoxicology (3 CFU and 2 CFU explained by Prof. Maura Benedetti and Prof Francesco Regoli, respectively) and 24 hours (3CFU) of Environmental Impact Assessment (Prof. Stefania Gorbi). The teaching activity includes both lectures and practical lessons in didactic and computer laboratories.

Learning outcomes

The course enables students to acquire the fundamental knowledge of the theoretical and methodological basis for the environmental standard quality assessment, to define the complexity between development of productive activities and environmental protection, management options and environmental impact assessment

Ability to apply the knowledge:
At the end of the course, the student will be able to apply criteria for the Environmental Impact Assessment procedures and to realize an Environmental Impact Study. 

Soft Skills:
At the end of the course and laboratory activities the students will be able to demonstrate an independent judgment on the interpretation of analytical data resulting from ecotoxicological approach; in addition the increase in communication skills is also resulting from the group’s activities done during laboratory attendance.


Main European legislation concerning the prevention and control of environmental pollution. REACH regulation: Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): main normative guidelines, administrative and technical procedures. The Environmental Impact Study (EIS): main normative guidelines, definition of an environmental impact study, alternatives and mitigations. IPPC: Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive and procedure for the Environmental Authorization (EA).

Practical activity
Practical activity will carried out in the computer lab where students will use the main web sites concerning the Environmental Impact Assessment; they will learn to consult all the information on the EIA procedures and EIS. 

Development of the examination

Methods for assessing learning outcomes:
Oral examination in which the students have to answer to the questions (almost 3).
Each question is given a score between 0 and 10.

Criteria for assessing learning outcomes:
During the oral exam, the students must demonstrate that they have acquired basic knowledge about the main issues concerning the ecotoxicology and the environmental impact assessment. 

Criteria for measuring learning outcomes:
The final mark is assigned in a scale of thirty. The exam is passed when the score is equal or greater than 18. It is expected to be awarded the highest marks with honors (30 cum laude).

Criteria for conferring final mark:
The final grade is awarded according to the answers adequacy to the questions proposed by the examining committee.
The honors (cum laude) will be given when the students will demonstrate full mastery of the subject, the correct use of terminology and the ability to make connections, where it is possible, between the various topics.

Recommended reading

Lecture notes
Slides and scientific literature suggested during the course.
Manuals and Guidelines ISPRA 67/2011: “Batterie di saggi ecotossicologici per sedimenti di acque salate e salmastre” 
Manuals and Guidelines ISPRA 88/2013: “Batterie di saggi ecotossicologici per sedimenti e acque interne.

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