Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student must demostrate to have learned study methods for the following areas:
basic taxonomy, invertebrate/vertebrate zoology of those species of veterinary importance, basic cell function and mechanism, organization, expression and trasmission of genetic information, basic molecular biology, basic principals of animal behaviour.
Course contents summary
The origin and evolution of life on earth. Cell strucrure and function. DNA structure and replication. Genetic engineering. Mendelian genetics.The hisory and development of evolutionary theory. Genetic, ecological and ethological aspects of the speciation process. Taxonomy, form and function of invertebrate and vertebrate animals of primary veterinary medical interest. Vertetebrate evolution and adaptation of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Circulatory, digestive, urinary, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems are explored from an evolutionary point of view. Growth models and carrying capacity. Basic concept of animal behavior. History of animal behavior studies. Applied ethology to asses the animal welfare.
Cleveland P., Hickman JR. et al. Diversità animale. McGraw-Hill, 2004, Web site.
Cleveland P., Hickman JR. et al. Fondamenti di zoologia. McGraw-Hill, 2005, Web site.
Mainardi D. L'Etologia caso per caso. Airplane, 2002.
Autori vari. The Ethology of domestic animals. An introductory text . P.Jensen ed., 2002.
The lecture includes seminars and supervised work.
Merit rating is performed by questions concerning the course program.