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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

The main objective of this subject is to provide students with general knowledge about the restoration of artificial slopes. It will include a theoretical view on vegetation and erosion dynamics in these environments, and a practical view on the management of real restoration projects. Students will obtain basic knowledge to work for consulting and engineering ompanies dealing with quarriy or slope restoration.

Within the context of the M.Sc., this subject provides a practical framework for the application of more theoretical concepts learned in other subjects such as "Environmental Legislation", "Desertification. Evaluation and Mitigation","Restoration of arid areas" and "Nursery production and management of plant material for restoration".



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE10 : Acquire knowledge about projects: their component parts, the stages they need to go through and the formalities that have to be complied with, etc.
  • CE19 : Apply Ecology to the conservation and restoration of ecosystems.
  • CE25 : Improve ecological restoration techniques.
  • CE27 : Design, develop and implement conservation and restoration plans for degraded ecosystems.
  • CE7 : Capacity to put one's knowledge into practice to restore and manage the environment.
  • CE8 : Capacity to propose well-reasoned and reasonable management measures.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

Learning outcomes (Training objectives)
• Analyze the problems associated with open-pit mining in an integrated manner.
• Acquire basic knowledge for the improvement of the geotectonic stability of the slopes, as well as its plant recolonization and the increase in the services provided by these anthropized ecosystems.
• Obtain basic knowledge for the design of slopes in linear works and in quarry terraces.
• Learn the techniques of restoration of slopes and quarries.
• Develop skills for group and individual work.
• Develop critical thinking about restoration projects, and learn the fundamental variables affecting these projects.

Specific objectives
• Understand the importance and extent of slopes and quarries.
• Learn different alternatives for ecological restoration, and evaluate when it can be recommended.
• Learn the fundamental ecological processes involved in the restoration of quarries and slopes, and the most common problems and limitations.
• Obtain a general and critical overview of different restoration tools available.
• Learn the phases of a restoration project, and the methodologies to evaluate success.
• Visit slopes and restored quarries, and interact with experts.




Code: 36036
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 2,50
Theoretical credits: 0,24
Practical credits: 0,56
Distance-base hours: 1,70

Departments involved

  • Dept: ECOLOGY
    Area: ECOLOGY
    Theoretical credits: 0,24
    Practical credits: 0,56
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught