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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP3049231, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENETICS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/18 Genetics 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 MAZZOTTA GABRIELLA MARGHERITA (Presidente)
DE PITTA' CRISTIANO (Membro Effettivo)
OCCHI GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
VAZZA GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MAZZOTTA GABRIELLA MARGHERITA (Presidente)
DE PITTA' CRISTIANO (Membro Effettivo)
OCCHI GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
VAZZA GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of molecular biology is required.
Target skills and knowledge: 1) Acquisition of the basic principles and knowledge of classical and molecular genetics in order to understand the main transmission mechanisms of hereditary traits.
2) Acquisition of basic knowledge on the structure and functioning of genes and their interactions
3) Acquisition of knowledge about the influence of genetic factors on some traits of behavior in the human species
Examination methods: Written.
The exam includes:
1) 3 exercises, aimed at evaluating the ability to solve classical genetic problems.
2) 13 questions with multiple choice
3) 4 open questions, aimed at evaluating the ability to present genetic topics, with particular attention to the use of exact terminologies, definitions and concepts.
Assessment criteria: The result will be evaluated based on the answers that will bring out the understanding and learning of the topics covered, the use of appropriate scientific terms and the ability to link different concepts.
Course unit contents: The information of life: DNA contains the genetic information; replication and transcription of DNA; RNA and protein synthesis; the genetic code.
Cellular organization of genetic information: genes and genomes.
Mendel's laws; autosomal and sex-linked traits; complex or multifactorial characters.
The molecular basis of genetic variability: meiotic recombination and crossing-over; mutations.
Using family trees as tools to determine the mode of transmission of monogenic (autosomal and X-linked) and the definition of probability.
Examples of mutant alleles responsible for hereditary diseases and molecular research tools.
Relationships between genetics and environment in determining behavior; Genetic analysis of normal and pathological behavior in humans.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 1) Lectures
2) Journal club, in which topics concerning genetic influence on some aspects of human behavior will be explored
3) Classroom exercises, dedicated to the study of human pedigrees and the the solving of formal genetics problems
Additional notes about suggested reading: Copies of the slides used by the teacher, photocopies of journal articles, reviews or parts of textbooks with specific topics provided by the teacher and available in Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Benito, F.J. Espino, GENETICA_Concetti essenziali. Padova: PICCIN, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)