Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0389 (AF:247602 AR:136324)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
Go to Moodle page
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.

Plant 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 equip them with the ability to generate and analyse taxonomic data. Emphasis in the lab 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

Basic knowledge of Animal, Vegetal, and general Biology, provided by the first semester.
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.

Plant 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.

Animal Kingdom:
Westheide & Rieger. Zoologia Sistematica. Zanichelli (it can be found in Bas)

Plant Kingdom:
Pasqua G., Abbate G., Forni C. (2010) - Botanica generale e Diversita vegetale. Piccin Ed., Padova.
Power Point presentations will be also provided
written and oral
The written exam of the zoological part will consist of three zoological images (figures/tables/illustrations) to be commented within 2 hours time. The ability of the student to assess the systematic/phylogenetic position of animal organisms and to describe their main traits will be evaluated.

As for the Plant Kingdom, students will be asked to present and discuss a herbarium of 10 different specimens. The ability of the student to assess the systematic/phylogenetic position of plant specimens and to describe their main traits will be evaluated.
As regards the animal part, the exam will consist of a written comment on three images of animal organisms and/or anatomical parts of organisms.
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 24/03/2017