ANIMAL BIOLOGY

Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
BIOLOGIA ANIMALE
Course code
CT0389 (AF:247600 AR:136323)
Modality
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of ANIMAL BIOLOGY AND BIODIVERSITY LABORATORY
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
BIO/05
Period
1st Semester
Course year
1
Where
VENEZIA
This course aims to provide the basic knowledge and conceptual framework for the understanding of structural organisation, diversity and variability of animal organisms, from the molecular/cellular level until the population and species level, adopting an evolutionary/comparative approach. An array of bioliogical disciplines will be considered: classical and molecular genetics, population genetics, cell biology, evolutionary biology, developmental biology, and methods and concepts for taxonomy and phylogeny. The course is intended to provide the conceptual basis of the more advanced courses in the bio-ecological area.
The course requires basic concepts and information in the field of general biology, which are in general provided by Italian high school. However, considering the high level of heterogeneity in the biological background by students, many concepts and information will be `provided "ex novo" by the present course.
History of Biology and Evolution. Structure of animal eukaryotic cell. Mechanisms of cell reproduction. Sexual life cycles and meiosis. Mendelian genetics, and chromosomal basis heredity. Molecular basis of heredity and protein synthesis. Darwinian view of life and modern evolutionary synthesis. Population genetics and microevolution. Biological concept of species, speciation and macroevolution. Reproduction, development and behaviour. Systematics and phylogeny. General trends in animal evolution.
Campbell N. A., Reece J. B. Principi di Biologia. Pearson editore (2010).
written
The exam will consist of 3 "open" questions, that is a synthetic discussion of three issues developed during the course. The exam should be concluded in 2 hours. The ability of the students to illustrate clearly the concepts concerning the three issues assigned, even with the aid of tables, figures and schemes, well be evaluated.
Lectures with the aid of ppt slides. Discussion and exercise, seminars focused on specific issues.
Italian
The written exam consists of three "open" questions, that is of three topis of the course, to be developed and concluded in two hours.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 10/03/2017