Università degli studi dell'Insubria

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Academyc Year 2015/2016
Second cycle degree in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

LM-75 - Environmental And Land Sciences
Place of teaching: Como - Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Coordinator - President: CANNONE NICOLETTA
Making Judgements: 

Graduates in Environmental Science will have to acquire the ability of an overall assessment of environmental issues through the collection, integration and processing of data that is independently produced or derived from previous reports and analysis, from bibliographical studies, also using computer tools and multimedia communication. It will be very important to the self-assessment of all information, even where, as expected the Dublin descriptors, these are partial or incomplete. During the course of study, adequate space will be reserved for the holding of seminars and project work that will allow the student to develop a dynamic understanding of reality, the ability to develop independently critical judgment, and the ability to reflect on the responsibilities connected to scientific application of knowledge and judgments. Judgment, achieved as a result of the academic training will be assessed both in the exam papers that the writing of the dissertation experimental Degree.

Communication skills: 

Uno degli obiettivi del corso di laurea magistrale in Scienze Ambientali è quello di fornire al laureato magistrale gli strumenti comunicativi, che si ritiene essere ormai mezzi indispensabili ad operare nel mondo del lavoro, soprattutto in un ambito globale come quello ambientale. Il laureato magistrale saprà interagire con un pubblico eterogeneo a cui fornire informazioni, idee, problemi e soluzioni. Gli interlocutori saranno specialisti (figure professionali impegnate sulle stesse problematiche ambientali, o anche tecnici estranee ai settori specifici) e non specialisti, amministratori pubblici, e la popolazione. Da qui l'importanza della conoscenza dei metodi di presentazione dei risultati che possano permettere anche ai non esperti del settore di comprendere l'indagine svolta. L'attitudine a leggere la letteratura specifica di settore, a produrre relazioni scritte e orali, la capacità di relazionarsi all'interno di gruppi di lavoro, la conoscenza della lingua inglese e degli strumenti informatici si dimostreranno efficaci strumenti per acquisire capacità comunicative. A tal fine, l'ordinamento potrà prevedere una specifica attività formativa di comunicazione ambientale, l'elaborazione da parte degli studenti di rapporti scientifici anche in lingua inglese, e la possibilità da parte dei docenti di gestire parte delle ore di didattica frontale per esperienze comunicative dirette da parte degli studenti (relazioni, seminari ecc). Le abilità comunicative saranno esercitate durante l'elaborazione e la stesura della prova finale e nella presentazione pubblica con discussione tecnico-scientifica.

Learning skills: 

At the end of their training, graduates of the Master of Science in Environmental Sciences will have acquired a strong capacity for self-learning and self-evaluation. The techniques used to develop these capabilities are based on the use of computerized educational tools (e-learning), the independent management of the paper and digital library research, preparation of reports on the various laboratories and interdisciplinary activities off-site, and the solicitation a consistent method of study that allows for effective use of the individual characteristics of the student. In particular, students of the Master of Science in Environmental Sciences will implement strategies of organization and planning, develop critical thinking and synthesis against documents and experimental data, learn methods of effective and recapitulatory schematization, including techniques time management, concentration, mind maps, and self-motivation. In general, teaching tools provide to the graduate with the habit of life-long-learning that will allow access to sources of complex scientific keeping updated their cultural education. In the end, the graduate will be able to embark on their own studies of monitoring, assessment and management of environmental issues. The final evaluation of learning skills will be accomplished as part of all training activities of the course, with particular attention to reports of any critical individual by the tutors, and during the course of the activities relating to the development and drafting of the final thesis .

The final exam consists in the presentation and discussion in front of a Members of the Degree Committee of a graduate thesis reporting the results of original research on topics consistent with the educational objectives of the Master of Science in Environmental Science, awarded by the Board of Teaching Coordination and supervised of one or more tutors (a supervisor and possibly one or more correlators), held at a scientific structure of the University of Insubria or another structure (public or private companies operating in the environmental sector, industries and chemical and manufacturing plants) agreement that operates in the sectors covered by the curriculum of the Master of Science in Environmental Science. At the end of the thesis, the student will produce a final, both in print and in electronic form, which will be organized according to the principles accepted by the international scientific community: description of the state of knowledge of the subject matter and purpose of the research, description of the methods used, the presentation of results, discussion and interpretation, and bibliography. The degree grade, expressed as an integer percentage with any praise, will be determined by the degree commission taking into account the academic record of the student, the quality of the thesis work, the ability to display the elaborate and judgment of the tutor. The final work will be written both in Italian and English.