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Course unit
SCN1032607, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0360, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 LORENZO ZANE BIO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/07 Ecology 7.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

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

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Population Genetics and Ecology.
Understanding of written and spoken english.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will emphasize the potential offered by genetic approaches for the study of populations of marine organisms, with particular reference to the use of molecular markers in the study of population genetic structure and dynamics, species distribution and evolution, response to environment. A special focus is on the practical application of molecular markers for identification of individuals, populations, stocks and species. At the end of the course, the student will be aware of the available molecular tools to investigate the intra-specific patterns of genetic diversity and will achieve molecular biology laboratory skills in DNA markers application to marine organisms.
Examination methods: Written. Multiple choice questions and questions with short and essay type answers.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on the assessment of level of knowledge and understanding of the course concepts, with a significant weight on the scientific literature presented during classrooms.
Course unit contents: The topics covered by the course will provide a link between marine population ecology and molecular ecology. The program will first highlight the traits of marine organisms relevant for population dynamics and for the determination of genetic variability and differentiation, and will then focus on the use of molecular markers for identification of individuals, stock, populations and species.
Molecular markers will be presented with a practical approach, including class and laboratory activity and literature analysis, with the aim of evidence the experimental approach currently used in molecular ecological studies, the kind of data produced and the available strategies for data analysis. The analysis of recently published papers will allow the student to understand the information that can be obtained using the molecular approach, with particular attention to individual identification, genetic tagging, historical demography and analysis of population differentiation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be in English. It will include theoretical lessons and lectures on relevant scientific literature (ISI articles). The students will also directly perform practical work in laboratory on the use of molecular markers.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course will be based on teacher slides (ppt or pdf presentations) that will be available on dedicated web-based platforms to the students. Three books are indicated for reference and further reading.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Chelazzi, Provini, Santini, Ecologia dagli organismi agli ecosistemi. Rozzano (Mi), Italia: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2004. In Italiano Cerca nel catalogo
  • Freeland JR, Molecular Ecology. Chichester (England): John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, 2005. In English Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rockwood LL, Introduction to Population Ecology. Malden (MA), USA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. In English Cerca nel catalogo