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Academic year 2023/2024
Bachelor's Degree (BSc) on AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING
AGRO-ENGINEERING

Coordinator Prof. Vito Armando Laudicina
Class of Bachelor's Degree (BSc) on Agriculture and Forestry (L-25)
3 years
PALERMO
Free access
Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Science
Course Code
2073

Course info
The Degree course in agricultural engineering provides core competences in the field of agricultural production, of agricultural land surveying techniques, as well as of the main analysis, implementation and management techniques for agricultural businesses. Graduates of this course should acquire basic knowledge in propaedeutic subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, plant animal biology, needed to understand the basics of specific professional subjects. This knowledge enables graduate to achieve professional competences including the principles of agronomics, cartography and land survey, rural buildings and animal productions. Graduates will also acquire the competences they need to solve some applicative issues of the agricultural sector, enabling them to carry out technical assistance activities. Graduates will also acquire the knowledge and operational skills needed to carry out land valuation and design of business plants and works. Graduates will, in particular, be able to design small irrigation networks and drainage works at the service of the farm. The profile requires the dialectics needed to disseminate and argue his/her technical ideas with specialists and non-specialists, as well as the command of English language or of another European language needed to read and understand technical texts, needed to carry out professional exchanges and basic dissemination activities. The acquired competences enable graduates to face and solve, as junior professionals, the following issues: • First-level consultancy and design activities relating to the manufactures of farms, irrigation and drainage systems, greenhouses, stables, rural buildings and roads; • Choice of machines and plants for the production chains of agricultural products; • Drafting of projects aimed at the provision of contributions for landscaping works on farms; • Implementation of the programs offered by the European Union for the use of Community economic resources for rural areas. The duration of this course is three academic years. To obtain the degree, students should have acquired 180 credits, including the ones related to the knowledge of an European language, besides Italian subject to the special rules for the protection of linguistic minorities.. The educational programme entails19 mandatory examinations (8 credits each), a language test, a practice period in associated facilities and the final examination on course-specific issues. The course is completed with 12 credits freely chosen by the student, provided that they are consistent with the educational plan, which can be acquired, in accordance with art.10, paragraph 5, letter a) of D.M. 270/04, choosing between the activities and subjects programmed by other degree courses at the University of Palermo or other Italian and Foreign Universities. Students must also acquire up to 3 CFUs for professionalising activities, employment opportunities (art.10, paragraph 10, letter d) of D.M. 270/04) At the end of the course, students obtain the title of “Dottore in Agroingegneria” and, after passing the professional qualification examination, they may register in Section B (Dottore Agronomo Junior) of the professional register.
Profile: Farm technician Functions: The farm technician is a junior expert who carries out advisory and planning activities on farms and implements the programs offered by the European Union. He/she is enrolled in Section B of the Professional Register of Agronomist and Forestry Doctors. Skills: - activities of consulting and product design; - technical advice to the Judicial Authority on issues affecting the agricultural land; Career opportunities: Private practice in Farms, Professional offices, Public Administration. Profile: Technical planner of community programs Functions: These technicians are junior experts who carry out planning activities in farms, professional offices and public administration, implementing the programs offered by the European Union. They are enrolled in Section B of the Professional Register of Agronomist and Forestry Doctors. Skills: - Examination of projects and access to funding for contributions for farms land improvement; - implementation of programs offered by the European Union and use of Community economic resources in the agricultural sector Career opportunities: Private practice as junior agronomist, after passing the National qualification exam; Advisory activities; Employment in Public Administrations and Private Companies
To obtain the degree, students must have acquired 180 credits including those relating to the final examination (3 credits). The final test has the objective of assessing the level of maturity and critical skills of the undergraduate, with respect to learning and to the acquired knowledge, on completion of the activities provided by the course syllabus. The final examination consists of a written or oral test, in accordance with the rules fixed every year by the Degree Course Regulations for the final examination, respecting and consistent to the calendar, the ministerial requirements and to the relevant Guidelines of the University.

course outline
Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01646 - PLANT BIOLOGY Details DOMINA (PA) 8.0 1 V A BIO/03
04872 - MATHEMATICS Details LUPO (PC) 8.0 1 V A MAT/07
18692 - ELEMENTS OF GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY Details BONSIGNORE (RD) 8.0 1 V A CHIM/03
20692 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS - EQUIVALENT TO LEVEL B1 Details 4.0 1 G E
02754 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY Details SCHIFANI (PO) 8.0 2 V B AGR/01
03245 - PHYSICS Details PAGANO (PA) 8.0 2 V A FIS/01
20626 - TOPOGRAPHY, CARTOGRAPHY AND PRINCIPLES OF CAD Details DARDANELLI (PA) 8.0 2 V B ICAR/06
Free subjects (suggested) 6.0 D
Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
03774 - AGRICULTURAL HYDRAULICS Details BAGARELLO (PO) 8.0 1 V B AGR/08
12554 - RURAL BUILDINGS Details VALLONE (PA) 8.0 1 V B AGR/09
13351 - ADVANCED SKILLS RELATED TO THE LABOUR MARKET 3.0 1 G F
15480 - AGRICULTURAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND SOIL CHEMISTRY Details LAUDICINA (PO) 8.0 1 V B AGR/13
01155 - GENERAL AGRONOMY Details 8.0 2 V B AGR/02
12498 - CROP SCIENCE Details RUISI (PA) 8.0 2 V B AGR/02
18693 - AGRICULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY Details AGRO' (RU) 8.0 2 V C AGR/11
18697 - HORTICULTURE AND FLORICULTURE Details MONCADA (PA) 8.0 2 V B AGR/04
Free subjects (suggested) II 3.0 D
Teachings third year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
02078 - TREE FARMING Details SOTTILE (PA) 8.0 1 V B AGR/03
05589 - PLANT PATHOLOGY Details DAVINO (PO) 8.0 1 V C AGR/12
12476 - ANIMAL PRODUCTIONS Details ALABISO (RU) 8.0 1 V C AGR/19
13121 - PRACTICE 6.0 1 G F
03102 - LAND VALUATION Details ASCIUTO (PA) 8.0 2 V B AGR/01
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 3.0 2 V E
12504 - AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS Details ORLANDO (PA) 8.0 2 V B AGR/09
15372 - FUNDAMENTALS OF IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE Details 8.0 2 V B AGR/08
Free subjects (suggested) III 3.0 D
Elective activities
Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
21171 - SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS IN THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR Details GALATI (PO) (*) in english 3.0 2 V D AGR/01
22467 - STATISTICS FOR ENVIRONMENT AND TERRITORY Details BARONE (PA) 3.0 2 V D SECS-S/02
Free subjects (suggested) II credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
21174 - ANALYSIS OF LAND USE SYSTEMS Details SCALENGHE (PA) (*) in english 3.0 1 V D AGR/14
Free subjects (suggested) III credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
21173 - MACHINES AND PLANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Details (*) in english 3.0 1 V D AGR/09
Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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