Courses

Class timetable

Discover the timetables of the classes, workshops and other learning activities of the Phd programme in Environmental sciences.

For academic year 2018/2019 courses offered are as follows:

Mandatory courses

Environmental Data Analysis (30 hrs)

Lecturer: prof. Marco Marozzi (DAIS)

Venue: Ca' Foscari Scientific Campus - via Torino, Mestre

Date and time:

  • Thu 27 Sept 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 4 Oct 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 11 Oct 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 18 Oct 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 25 Oct 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 15 Nov 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 22 Nov 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 29 Nov 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 6 Dec 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)
  • Thu 13 Dec 2018, 10-13, Meeting Room A (Zeta building)

Meeting room A is located just above the reception inside Zeta building

Syllabus:

  • Objectives: To provide an introduction to environmental data analysis using R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (www.r-project.org). Other programs are considered as well.
  • Pre-requisites: Basic informatics, basic mathematics, basic statistics.
  • Contents (may vary according to students’ background):

    • Basic R programming. Logical expressions. Vectors, matrices and data frames. Reading, writing, editing data. Conditional execution. Loops. How to speed up R code. Contributed packages.
    • Basic computational statistics. Bootstrap and permutation methods. Plotting.
    • Regression models. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Goodness of fit.
    • Time series analysis. Trend and Seasonality. ARIMA models. Forecasting.
    • Case studies.

  • Referral texts:

    • Open source books on R
    • Scientific papers
    • Lecture notes

  • Type of exam: Paper
  • Course organization: 10 days (5 weeks), 2 hour lecture and 1 hour practical each day.

Course organization: 10 days, 2 hour lecture and 1 hour practical each day.

Referral texts:

  • Open source books on R
  • Scientific papers
  • Lecture notes

Applications of Complex Systems Science (30 hrs)

Lecturer: prof. Francesco Gonella (DSMN Dept. - Ca' Foscari University)

Venue: Ca' Foscari Scientific Campus - via Torino, Mestre

Date and time:

  • Tuesday 5 Feb 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Friday 8 Feb 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Tuesday 12 Feb 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Friday 15 Feb 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Friday 22 Feb 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Friday 1 Mar 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Friday 8 mar 2019, 3.30 - 6.30 pm

All lectures will be held inside Meeting Room B (Zeta Building)

Syllabus: Main objective: to introduce and illustrate the modern methodological approaches that, since the 70s and 80s, have allowed to develop the scientific study of systems since then considered unmanageable, due to the complexity of their operation and evolution.

  1. Principles of Systems Thinking. The systems zoo.
  2. Complex System. Non-linear systems. Cahos.
  3. Self-organization. Critical states. Emergent properties. Catastrophies.
  4. Embodied Energy. EMergy and sustainability.

Reference books and material will be provided by the lecturer. 

Examination: based on exercises performed during the lectures as well as on homework assignments.

Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information System, 30 hrs)

Up to 33rd cycle: to be attended in the 2nd year

Lecturer: dr. Claudio Silvestri (DAIS Dept.)

Venue: Ca' Foscari Scientific Campus - via Torino, Mestre (Zeta building)

Date and time:

  • 22/05, 9-12 and 14-16, lab 3 (Zeta building) 
  • 23/05, 9-12 Lab 3 and 14-16, lab 5 (Zeta building) 
  • 24/05, 9-12 and 14-16, lab 5 (Zeta building) 
  • 27/05, 9-12 and 14-16, lab 3 (Zeta building) 
  • 29/05, 9-12 and 14-16, lab 3 (Zeta building)
  • 31/05, 9-12 and 14-16, lab 3 (Zeta building)
  • 03/06, 9-12 Lab 3 and 14-16, lab 5 (Zeta building) - only if necessary

Syllabus:

  • Course aim: The aim of this course is to provide a basic knowledge of tools for modelling geographic information. During the course the  students will  deal  with  data  entry  and conversion, they will practice basic analysis on geographic data and different techniques to show the results on maps. Further they will learn how to filter geographic data to extract the relevant part for more advanced analysis.
  • Course organization: each day consists of 3 hours of lectures or practicals.
  • References: slides.
  • Useful readings: Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach. Third Edition. Markus Neteler and Helena Mitasova, 2008. The International Series in Engineering and Computer Science: Volume 773. 406 pages, Springer, New York.
  • Software: During practicals the students will use different tools: Google Maps and Google Earth,  both freely available, for the first  experiences with  geographic data  visualization and Quantum GIS (QGIS)/Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS), an open source GIS, for more advanced usage. Further they will be introduced to the basics of one commercially available GIS. 

Optional courses

Chemical Speciation of Metal Trace Elements in Water (30 hrs)

Lecturer: prof. Gabriele Capodaglio (DAIS) 

Venue: Ca' Foscari Scientific Campus - via Torino, Mestre

Date and time

  • 25/03, 9:00-12:00 classroom D
  • 25/03, 14:00-17:00 classroom D
  • 26/03, 9:00-12:00 Meeting Room B (Zeta building) 
  • 26/03, 14:00-17:00 classroom Delta 2B
  • 27/03, 9:00-12:00 classroom Delta 2C
  • 27/03, 14:00-17:00 classroom Delta 2C
  • 28/03, 9:00-12:00 classroom Delta 2C
  • 28/03, 14:00-17:00 Meeting Room B (Zeta building) 
  • 29/03, 9:00-12:00 classroom Delta 0B
  • 29/03, 14:00-17:00 classroom Delta 0B

Syllabus:

  • Aims: The course aims to provide students with knowledge on importance of trace elements chemical reactivity in natural waters. It will be introduced the importance to differentiate the chemical forms assumed by trace elements in order to predict their behavior in the environment and the different approach applied to study their speciation.
  • Requisites: Intermediate knowledge of instrumental analytical chemistry and general and inorganic chemistry.
  • Contents:

    • Introduction to the metal speciation and chemical reactivity in water
    • Concentration of organic and inorganic compound in natural waters
    • Relation between reactivity and behavior of metals in aquatic systems
    • Interpretation of complexation equilibria.
    • Chemical and physical approach to differentiate metal forms.
    • Fractionation methods and direct determination of species
    • Fractionation based on single method and multiple methods.
    • Problems in the study of chemical speciation of metals.
    • Introduction at the detection window of analytical chemistry methods.
    • Simplified models to study complexation processes in complex systems
    • Literature examples on metal speciation in marine and fresh water environments.

  • Reference texts:

    • Journal publications
    • J. Buffle. Complexation Reactions in acquatic systems. An Analytical approach. Ellis Horwood LtdJ. Wiley & Sons.
    • G.E. Batley. Trace element speciation: Analytica Methods and Problems. CRC Press Inc.

Ethnobotany (30 hrs)

Lecturer: prof. Renata Soukand

Venue: Ca' Foscari Scientific Campus - via Torino, Mestre

Date and time: 

  • 25/02, 9:00-12:00 classroom A
  • 25/02, 13:00-16:00 classroom D
  • 11/03, 9:00-12:00 to be defined
  • 11/03, 13:00-16:00 classroom D
  • 18/03, 9:00-12:00 to be defined
  • 18/03, 13:00-16:00 classroom D
  • 08/04, 9:00-12:00 classroom A
  • 08/04, 13:00-16:00 classroom D
  • 15/04, 9:00-12:00 classroom A
  • 15/04, 13:00-16:00 classroom D

Syllabus: the course is optional and will include in-classroom lectures, fieldwork and seminars.
Ethnobotany is the sub-discipline of ethnobiology, it studies the relationship between plants and human societies. The course will give the overview of methodologies and approaches in ethnobotany, historical and current trends, challenges and applications. Students will also have the possibility to receive interview training and field experience through independent or group work.

Scientific Writing

The course is organized by PhD Office. For further information please visit Courses and seminars [ITA].


Other courses

From 34th cycle on

Students are required to attend at least 2 teaching activities chosen among the ones managed by Ca' Foscari PhD Office, language courses excluded.

Up to 33rd cycle

Students will have the possibility to apply for other Schools and courses (even held outside Ca' Foscari. Minimum required level: M.Sc. courses) by submitting their requests to PhD Coordinator/Board of Professors.

Last update: 09/05/2019