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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course is designed to instruct the students to recognize rock-forming minerals and rock textures in order to classify specimens and outcrops understanding their physico-chemical behaviour. At the end of the course the students will be also able to read and understand thematic maps and documents needed for the design of buildings on the basis of general concepts of stratigraphy and structural geology. Finally, the students will be introduced to geological hazards and risks with particular regard to volcanic, seismic, landslide and flood risk, in the frame of environmental impact assessment (E.I.A.).

Course contents

a) Lithology in function of the recognition of minerals and rocks, through genetic processes;
b) Geothematic cartography in function of the elaboration and reading of the geological documents preparatory to the building design through the general information on Stratigraphic Geology and Structural Geology;
c) Geological risks s.l. with particular regard to the volcanic risk, the seismic risk, the landslide risk and the flood risk, according to the study and assessment of the environmental impact (V.I.A.)
d) underground water.


Slides of the lessons, together with public domain books in electronic format provided by the theacher are made available at the end of each lesson and published on the online spaces of the course

Teaching methods

Lectures and practical exercises in accordance with the provisions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. if required, lessons in mixed modality, partly online and partly in the classroom. At the moment it is not yet possible to make forecasts on the evolution of the regulations in force in September-December 2022. If possible, visits to construction sites, buildings and places where the various lithologies have been used.

Assessment methods

Depending on the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 virus, the exam will be oral online or there will be a written exam in person with the possibility of discussing the result orally at the student's discretion.

Teaching tools

Slides, videos, online tests

Office hours

See the website of Cristiano Guerra

See the website of Gianluca Benedetti