BIODIVERSITY LABORATORY

Academic year 2015/2016 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title LABORATORIO DI BIODIVERSITÀ
Course code CT0389 (AF:211434 AR:96732)
Modality On campus classes
ECTS credits 6 out of 12 of ANIMAL BIOLOGY AND BIODIVERSITY LABORATORY
Subdivision Class 2
Degree level Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code BIO/05
Period 2nd Semester
Course year 1
Where VENEZIA
Course objectives
The Course will be focused on two parts, one dedicated to the Animal Kingdom, the second one focused on the Vegetal Kingdom:

Animal Kingdom:
Basic knowledge of, structural organisation, systematics and phylogeny of the main animal Phyla. Exercise aimed at the taxonomic idetntification of the main animal groups. Analysis of taxonomic composition of animal communities, with examples from freshwater, brackish and marine habitats.


Vegetal Kingdom:
The course of Plant Biodiversity Lab will enable students to appreciate the principles and development of the science of plant systematics as well as equips them with the ability to generate and analyse taxonomic data. Emphasis in the laboratory will be on observing and documenting morphological data and analyzing these data within an ecological framework, and proposing and discussing hypotheses of how morphological diversity has evolved.
Goals of course:
- To provide an overview of plant morphological diversity
- To introduce students to the major vascular plant groups and emphasize the morphological characters that characterize them
- To investigate the evolution of plant morphology and form within an ecological framework
Pre-requirements
Basic knowledge of Animal, Vegetal, and general Biology, provided by the first semester.
Contents
Animal Kingdom:
Structural and functional organisation of the main animal groups from Cnidaria and Sponges to Molluscs, Insects, Crusaceans, Echinoderms and Vertebrates. Phylogeny of main groups, and cladistic exercise. Identification of the main groups by means of dissection and microscopic investigations. Aanalysis of fresh and preserved material. Vertebrates; analysis of filmed and acoustic material for ethological observations.

Vegetal Kingdom
Principles of systematics, principles of nomenclature, concepts of rank and taxa, characterisation and description, analytical procedures, identification of special groups, classification, phylogenetic and ecological relationships; Morphology and arrangement of selected significant families; preparation of a revision of a small genus or species complex.
Referral texts
Animal Kingdom:
Westheide & Rieger. Zoologia Sistematica. Zanichelli (it can be found in Bas)

Vegetal Kingdom:
Pasqua G., Abbate G., Forni C. (2010) - Botanica generale e Diversita vegetale. Piccin Ed., Padova. Durante la parte teorica e prativa verrà inoltre fornito materiale in Power Point
Power Point presentations will be provided
Type of exam
written and oral
Teaching methods
Slides, and exercise with microscope and stereoscope, simple dissections, analysis of fresh and preserved material. Use of dichotomic key for taxonomic identification of animals.
Teaching language
Italian
Other
In addition, a field trip to the coastal will be provided for enhancing knowledge on plants of dune systems.
Sustainability
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book