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degree courses
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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Course unit
BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO LIVESTOCK BREEDING
AVP3051701, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
ANIMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
IF0325, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO LIVESTOCK BREEDING
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MASSIMO MILAN VET/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses BIO/05 Zoology 6.0

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

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 PATARNELLO TOMASO (Presidente)
NEGRISOLO ENRICO MASSIMILIANO (Membro Effettivo)
PATRUNO MARCO VINCENZO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: The student must have basic knowledge of Biology.

Pre-requisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: The student wil acquire the basic concepts dealing with DNA structure, cell cycle, Mendelian genetics, genetic linkage, pedigrees and population genetics, concepts of species, evolution and speciation.
Examination methods: Written and bioinformatic examinations at the end of the course
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of the acquired knowledge in relation to its ability to use and present the concepts and topics learned during the course.
Course unit contents: Classroom teaching:
General biology. DNA structure: the DNA as material containing the genetic information, the double helix model, mechanisms of replication, structure of the eukaryote chromosome. Cell cycle: chromosomic theory of heredity, cell division, mitosis, meiosis, genetic recombination, crossing-over. Mendelian genetics: definition of relation between genotype and phenotype, homozygosis/heterozygosis. Mendel (balanced segregation and independent assortment of characters). Extensions of Mendelian analysis: reaction norm, phenotypic plasticity, penetrance and expressivity, multiple allelism, epistasis and pleiotropy. Genetic association: deviations from Mendelian segregation, physic association between two (or more) characters (genes), distance between character located on the same chromosome, recombinant phenotypes and calculation of map distance between associated genes. Genealogical trees: symbols of genealogical trees and their creation, analysis of a genealogical tree to evaluate the mode of transmission of a character (dominant or recessive), mode of transmission of sex-linked characters (X-linked). Population genetics: allelic frequencies and phenotypic frequencies, the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Evolutionary forces: mutation, migration, natural selection and genetic drift, balanced polymorphism. Evolution and Systematic. Speciation: species concept, reproductive barriers, models of speciation (sympatric, parapatric, allopatric). Phylogenetic reconstruction and biological classification. Bioinformatics applied to animal genes and genomes.

Bioinformatic Laboratory: Bioinformatics applied to databanks of animal genes and genomes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes:
lectures = 32 hours
bioinformatic laboratory: 16 hours
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for lessons (powerpoint slides) is made available on the Moodle platform (https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/).

Office hours: daily by appointment with the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Solomon, Berg, Martin, Fondamenti di Biologia (Cap. 1-21). --: Edises, Edizioni Scientifiche Universitarie, --.