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Academic year 2023/2024
Master's Degree (MSc) on GEORISKS AND GEORESOURCES

Coordinator Prof. Alessandro Incarbona
Class of Master's Degree (MSc) on Geology (LM-74)
2 years
PALERMO
Free access
Department of Earth and sea sciences
Course Code
2229

Course info
The 2nd cycle Degree Course in Georisk and Georesources provides, in the first year, a training path in the fields of technical geology, geotechnics, applied geophysics, applied geochemistry and structural geology (with surveying). It also provides for the limited choice of 3 subjects contained in 3 different pairs of subjects in similar fields (marine geology or cyclostratigraphy, applied geomorphology or morphotectonics, volcanic risk or applied petrography). On the other hand, the second year is marked by flexibility, offering a wide range of optional subjects in the fields of climatology-paleontology, exploratory geology, geomorphology/GIS, gemology, planetary geology, volcanology-petrography, geochemistry and geothermal science, seismology. The choice of 3 optional subjects (in addition to the 2 electives) enables the composition of a personalized path according to three generically recommended orientations: geological-paleontological, geomorphological-applicative geological, volcanological-petrographic-geochemical-geophysical.
Profile: Senior geologist Functions: Geologists can assist architects and engineers in the implementation of projects for the construction of public and private buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels etc. The geologist trained by this Degree Course is specifically addressed to the assessment of the geo-hydrological, seismic and volcanic risk and is an important figure for the collaboration with other technical planners (Architects and Engineers). Their functions are also used in the preparation of town planning regulations and in the design of new landfills and/or waste disposal plants. Skills: The required skills of graduates in the Geological Science and Technology class have changed hand in hand with the changed socio-economic structure both in Italy and in international contexts at large. The progressive transfer of interest from occupational activities and perspectives aimed at a total and sometimes indiscriminate use of the territory is known, in which the figure of the professional geologist acted as a support for example to that of the engineers, to activities aimed mainly at a more reasoned use of land resources. Activities were thus developed to find renewable energy resources (e.g. geothermal energy), enhancement of cultural and environmental heritage and above all the assessment of geological risks, in continental and marine environments. Professional opportunities: Geologists can work as freelance professionals, after passing the national professional qualification exam, also working in private engineering and geotechnical offices and laboratories. They may also find employment in public bodies with technical branches for the planning for the protection and safeguard of the landscape heritage as well as in bodies for the protection of Cultural Heritage. They can also find professional opportunities in public institutions for seismic, volcanic and hydrogeological surveillance. They may work as geologists at hydrocarbon research companies, as well as in companies for the extraction (quarries or mines) of material useful in civil engineering. In addition, geologists may find employment in public and/or private companies dealing with landfill monitoring, as well as for the remediation of contaminated sites.
The final examination (27-33 credits) consists of the discussion of an original work (degree dissertation) of experimental or theoretical nature, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor and presented as a written dissertation. The dissertation topics should be related to issues related to class specific disciplines and their application. The final examination may include laboratory, field and/or internship activities. The board of the Degree Course specifies the criteria for the attribution of the final mark, which must take into account the consistency between expected educational objectives and outcomes, with reference also to the whole educational path.

course outline
Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
17201 - APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY Details VARRICA (PA) 6.0 1 V B GEO/08
18134 - TECHNICAL GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS - INTEGRATED COURSE Details CAPPADONIA (PA) 9.0 1 V
ROCKS MECHANICS CAFISO (PC) 3.0 C ICAR/07
TECHNICAL GEOLOGY CAPPADONIA (PA) 6.0 B GEO/05
20691 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS - EQUIVALENT TO LEVEL B2 Details 6.0 1 G F
03598 - APPLIED GEOPHYSICS Details MARTORANA (PA) 6.0 2 V B GEO/11
20605 - STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY WITH FIELD ACTIVITY Details GASPARO MORTICELLI (RD) 6.0 2 V B GEO/03
Optional subjects 6.0 B
Optional subjects II 6.0 B
Optional subjects III 6.0 B
Free subjects (suggested) 6.0 D
Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
13351 - ADVANCED SKILLS RELATED TO THE LABOUR MARKET 2.0 1 G F
19807 - SEMINARS HELD BY THE REGIONAL BOARD OF GEOLOGISTS 1.0 1 G F
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 30.0 2 G E
18182 - INTERNSHIP AND PRACTICE 6.0 2 G S
Optional subjects IV 18.0 C
Free subjects II 6.0 D
Elective activities
Optional subjects II credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
09452 - MORPHOTECTONICS Details DI MAGGIO (PA) 6.0 1 V B GEO/04
19213 - APPLIED GEOMORPHOLOGY AND GEO-HYDROLOGICAL RISK Details ROTIGLIANO (PO) 6.0 1 V B GEO/04
Optional subjects III credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
05671 - APPLIED PETROGRAPHY Details RANDAZZO (RD) 6.0 2 V B GEO/09
10270 - VOLCANIC RISK Details AIUPPA (PO) 6.0 2 V B GEO/08
Optional subjects IV credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
05231 - MICROPALEONTOLOGY Details 6.0 1 V C GEO/01
05676 - SEDIMENTARY PETROGRAPHY Details SCOPELLITI (PA) 6.0 1 V C GEO/07
06384 - SEDIMENTOLOGY Details TODARO (RD) 6.0 1 V C GEO/02
06441 - SEISMOLOGY Details 6.0 1 V C GEO/10
10702 - CARSOLOGY AND SPELEOLOGY Details MADONIA (PA) 6.0 1 V C GEO/04
15310 - VOLCANIC PETROLOGY WITH FIELD ACTIVITIES Details ROTOLO (PO) 6.0 1 V C GEO/07
19214 - HYDRAULIC RISK AND WATER BASIN MANAGEMENT Details FERRO (PO) 6.0 1 V C AGR/08
22463 - ADVANCED GIS APPLICATIONS - INTEGRATED COURSE Details ROTIGLIANO (PO) 6.0 1 V
GIS ANALYSIS AND THEMATIC CARTOGRAPHY CONOSCENTI (PO) 3.0 C GEO/04
GEO-DATA ACCESS AND MANAGEMENT ROTIGLIANO (PO) 3.0 C GEO/04
22464 - GEOTHERMAL ENERGY AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES Details PARELLO (PO) 6.0 1 V C GEO/08
22466 - BASIN ANALYSIS APPLIED TO NATURAL RESOURCE STUDIES Details PEPE (PA) 6.0 1 V C GEO/03
22590 - CLIMATE CHANGE Details INCARBONA (PA) 6.0 1 V C GEO/01
16881 - ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY Details 6.0 2 V C GEO/08
19804 - ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY AND GIS ANALYSIS Details CONOSCENTI (PO) 6.0 2 V C GEO/04
19834 - VOLCANIC ACTIVITY SURVEILLANCE Details 6.0 2 V C GEO/08
22459 - PLANETOLOGY AND PLANETARY VOLCANISM Details IARIA (PA) 6.0 2 V C FIS/05
22460 - GEOPHYSICS FOR NON-DESTRUCCTIVE TESTS Details CAPIZZI (RD) 6.0 2 V C GEO/11
22461 - INLAND AND MARINE WATERS GEOCHEMISTRY Details 6.0 2 V C GEO/08
22462 - SEISMIC RISK AND MICROZONATION Details CAPIZZI (RD) 6.0 2 V C GEO/11
22465 - INTRODUCTION TO GEMMOLOGY Details SCIASCIA (PA) 6.0 2 V C GEO/06
Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
12451 - GEOSCIENCES TEACHING METHODOLOGY Details MADONIA (PA) 6.0 2 V D GEO/04
Optional subjects credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
19212 - MARINE GEOLOGY AND COASTAL RISK Details SULLI (PO) 6.0 2 V B GEO/02
19217 - CYCLOSTRATIGRAPHY AND STRATIGRAPHIC CORRELATIONS Details CARUSO (PO) 6.0 2 V B GEO/01
Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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