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)
- understanding the correlation between structure and function at the different organizational levels and the implication of human evolution for the bio-medical research
Course contents summary
The purpose of this course of Biology is to give students the ability to learn and appreciate the importance of biological thinking for the cultural background of biomedical laboratory technician. The studenta through the evolutionary approach will learn the various topics related to different biological levels of organization such as molecular bases of life, cellular biology, genetic, reproduction , animal and human behavior. This lecturing program is tailored on the potential professional application of biological laboratory practice.
1. The Nature of science and biology: methods and organizing concepts. The unifying principle of biology: The Theory of Evolution. Darwinian Medicine. The Chemistry of life. 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.
3. The modern evolutionary synthesis. Microevolution and its causes. The origins of species. Evolution of Vertebrates and the rise of Hominids. The evolution of bipedal locomotion in Hominids.
Classroom lectures. Characterized by interactive lectures accompanied by a) seminar on major topic and b) reading and discussing a scientific paper by the students. This allow the student to acquire a better understanding of topic and also improve learning capacities.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam. Multiple choice questions.