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APPLIED MICROPALEONTOLOGY
MICROPALEONTOLOGIA APPLICATA

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Fabrizio Frontalini Monday 14-16
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Environmental Geology and Land Management (LM-74)
Curriculum: COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course is designed to 1) advance the knowledge on the identification of the major microfossil groups, 2) provide an overview of the potential applications of Micropaleontology to Earth Sciences, 3) offer a background for the stratigraphical interpretation of sedimentary sequence and events’ dating, 4) apply the main microfossil groups to the paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and 5) offer useful insights for addressing environmental issues and for the development of georesources. 

Program

Systematic Micropaleontology: foraminifera, calcareous nannoplankton, ostracodes, pteropods, calpionellids, calcareous algae, bryozoa, radiolaria, diatoms, and silicoflagellates, ebridians, conodonts, dinoflagellates, acritarchs, tasmanitids, chitinozoa, spores and pollen. Microfossils’ guide. Assemblages. Biostratigraphic units. Biostratigraphic scales and correlations. Paleoecological, paleogeographic, paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic interpretations. Environmental and georesources applications of Micropaleontology. Field and lab methodological procedures in Micropaleontology. Identification of the main microfossil groups.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding. At the end of the course, the student must have gained the basic knowledge in the field of Micropaleontology, Stratigraphy, Paleoecology and Paleoceanography. The student will also master the ability to recognize the main groups of microfossils and to identify the most appropriate methods of micropaleontological analyses for the different stratigraphic intervals and geological contexts. These skills will be verified through a written test.

Applying knowledge and understanding. The student must correctly use paleontological and micropaleontological terminology. In particular, it must be able to identify the main groups of microfossils and perform a palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and a biostratigraphic analysis. These skills will be assessed through a written test.

Making judgements. The student must critically evaluate and select the most appropriate microfossil for paleoenvironmental reconstruction, paleoceanography and paleoclimatic and biostratigraphic analyses. These skills will be verified with the written test and a microscopic session.

Communication skills. The student will be able to describe and synthesize a scientific article with a micro-paleontological character.

Learning skills. The student must be able to build the own path of scientific growth in the paleontological and micro-paleontological field in a critical and autonomous way by use the acquired knowledge. These abilities, as far as possible, will be stimulated by the lecturer.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Field and laboratory exercises.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

The course will take place through a continuous interaction between lectures, field and laboratory exercises and microscopic sessions.

Attendance

No obligations.

Course books

Hag, B.U. and Boersma, A., 1978. Introduction to Marine Micropaleontology, Elsevier.

Lipps, J.H., 1993. Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists. Blackwell Scientific Publications.

Martin, R., 2000. Environmental Micropaleontology: The Application of Microfossils to Environmental Geology. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Armstrong, H.A. and Brasier, M.D., 2006. Microfossils, Blackwell Publishing.

Saraswati, P.K. and Srinivasan, M.S., 2016. Micropaleontology: Principles and Applications.

Assessment

The assessment of learning consists of a written exam with ten topics related to the educational program. This method of examination is chosen as it allows to adequately verify the preparation of the student. The purpose of the written test is to verify the knowledge of microfossils and their applications. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. The exam involves an evaluation that is expressed as a grade of out of 30.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Non-attending students are inviated to contact the lecturer for information about the program.

Attendance

No obligations.

Course books

Hag, B.U. and Boersma, A., 1978. Introduction to Marine Micropaleontology, Elsevier.

Lipps, J.H., 1993. Fossil Prokaryotes and Protists. Blackwell Scientific Publications.

Martin, R., 2000. Environmental Micropaleontology: The Application of Microfossils to Environmental Geology. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Armstrong, H.A. and Brasier, M.D., 2006. Microfossils, Blackwell Publishing.

Saraswati, P.K. and Srinivasan, M.S., 2016. Micropaleontology: Principles and Applications.

Assessment

The assessment of learning consists of a written exam with ten topics related to the educational program. This method of examination is chosen as it allows to adequately verify the preparation of the student. The purpose of the written test is to verify the knowledge of microfossils and their applications. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. The exam involves an evaluation that is expressed as a grade of out of 30.

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