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School of Science
Course unit
SCL1000227, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1175, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MODELS IN GENETIC DISEASE RESEARCH
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MAURO AGOSTINO ZORDAN BIO/18

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/11 Molecular Biology 2.0
Core courses BIO/18 Genetics 2.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: The course consists in a series of specific seminars dealing with the general topic of genetic diseases and the model organisms employed to study the molecular mechanisms involved in the physiopathology of the diseases. Consequently, all of the courses entailed by the Master's degree are considered preparatory to this course.
Target skills and knowledge: Each seminar proposed during the course is followed by an open discussion, thus at the end of the course, the student is expected to have acquired the capacity to critically evaluate scientific papers.
Examination methods: The final exam will be written and consists in reading a scientific paper dealing with the subject exposed in one of the seminars and, on the basis of the paper's content, writing an abstract, which for the occasion, will have been concealed from the original paper.
Course unit contents: The course is organized as a series of one-hour seminars on topics dealing mainly with genetic diseases and the use of model organisms in genetic disease research. Topics typically touch upon molecular aspects of select genetic diseases and on the application of models such as in vitro mammalian cells, yeast, Drosophila, zebrafish and mouse to study the pathogenetic mechanisms of specific genetic defects.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Generally the course activity consists in 12 seminars, which are held during an intensive one-week period.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)