GENERAL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of this course is to give the student the ability to:
- acquire the basic principles of biological sciences and methods.
- learn and apply an evolutionary logic and perspective to interpreting the biological phenomena at different levels of organization (molecular, cellular, organismic)
- understand the correlation between structure and function at the different organizational levels.
- Acquire a biological perspective to the analysis of human behavior
- Appraise the implication of human evolution for the bio-medical research
Course contents summary
1. The Nature of science and biology: methods and organizing concepts. The unifying principle of biology: The Theory of Evolution. Darwinian Medicine. Origins and evolution of life on Earth
2. Cell Biology. Procaryotic and Eucaryotic cell. The cell cycle and reproduction: mitosis and meiosis. Male and female gametogenesis and their hormonal regulation. Evolution, consequences and adaptive significance of sexual reproduction.
3. The modern evolutionary synthesis.. Microevolution and its causes. The origin of species. Macroevolution and Phylogeny. Evolution of Vertebrates: an overview. Primates, Early Anthropoids, Australopitecines and the genus Homo: the evolution of bipedal locomotion.
Solomon et al., Biology,
During classroom lectures I will illustrate and discuss the state of the art, concepts and experiments in the specific issue of biology. The lectures will be in an interactive format and students are strongly encouraged to ask questions and insert comments
Assessment methods and criteria
A written exam will be given during class time comprising of 40 multiple choice or T-F questions and two open–answer questions.
Final exam, which has to be tken together with the other topics of the integrated course, is written and oral