Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the course is to transfer to the student the bases of Biology which are necessary to understand the principles of Zoology. The student will be provided by the instruments in order to describe animal structure and function and to know the main animal taxa (both invertebrates and vertebrates). The student will be able to recognise the animal kingdom as an essential part of wider system.
In particular the student will be able to:
D1: Knowledge and understanding. To understand the structure, the substructure and the properties of animal cells and tissues, the structure, the morphogenesis, the adaptations, the classification and the phylogenesis of the main animal taxa, the main functions of animals and their intra- and interspecific intercations.
D2: Applying knowledge and understanding. To utilize the specific language and the zoological nomenclature, to recognize the main animal tissues and the most common animal taxa.
D3: Making judgements. To be able to judge the didactics.
D5: Learning skills. To be able to relate the treated arguments. To acquire a methodology of study wich allows the prosecution of the universitary formation. To acquire the skills necessary for the professional activities after the degree.
Elementary concepts of Biology usually acquired in secondary school courses.
Course contents summary
After the introduction to the origin of life, the aim of this course is to examine the cell and the main functional systems of animals. The second part concerns the survival strategies of animal species. In particular, the main topics are the reproduction, the evolution and the animal behaviour. The last part concerns the diversity of animal kingdom, from invertebrates to vertebrates.
Origin of life.
The cellular division, reproduction and development.
Structure and functions of animals.
Classification and phylogenesis of animals.
D'ANIELLO - Taxa, 2010, Ed. EdiSES
Hickmann CP et al. - Zoologia, 2016 (16a Edizione) - Ed. McGraw-Hill
All the didactic material uploaded on-line on Elly Portal
Frontal and practical lessons with audio/video support material to examin specific examples.
Didactic materials (slides, papers nad other files) utilised during the lessons will be upload on Elly Portal before the beginning of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written and oral test. The written test (duration: 1 hour) consists of three open questions to verify the theoric knowledge and the ability of its application by the student. The oral test aims to evaluate the learned knowledges and the ability to make links among the spefic topics. The student is allowed to the oral test only after a positive mark in the written one calculated according to the total value obtained from the three questions. The result of the written test is published on-line on Esse3 Portal with the information for the vision of the composition after the correction. The final mark is mean the results obtained in written and oral tests and it is communicated directly at the end of the oral examination. The on-line registration to attend the exam is mandatory.