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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070172, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENES AND BEHAVIOUR
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge CHIARA BEGLIOMINI M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses BIO/13 Applied Biology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
SARTORI LUISA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Good knowledge of basics of cell biology and genetics are required. The biology manual mentioned below can be of help in filling possible gaps of knowledge on these topics.
Target skills and knowledge: Students are supposed to acquire the knowledge of mechanisms regulating genetic expression in normal and pathological behavior, as well as the mastery of specific terminology.
Examination methods: The final examination is written and made up of 32 multiple choice questions.
During the course, as a closing step for each topic, possible questions will be presented and discussed, in order to familiarize with the examination procedure.
Assessment criteria: Students' assessment will focus on the mastery of key concepts of the discipline and specific terminology.
Course unit contents: -The interplay between genes and environment;
-Methods to investigate the genetics of human behavior;
-Genetics of normal and pathological behavior in humans.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Oral lectures. Classes will cover the topics in their general aspects. Students are expected to further explore the themes by using the textbook and the supporting material provided by the lecturer.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky & Reece. Campbell Biology. Pearson (eleventh edition). Units 2-3.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Knopik, Neiderhiser, DeFries & Plomin, Behavioral genetics (7th edition). New York: Worth Publishers, Macmillan Learning, 2017. Capitoli 2-13; 16. Cerca nel catalogo