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SC01109615, A.A. 2016/17

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ZOOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge LAURA GUIDOLIN

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/05 Zoology 12.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 3.0 48 27.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2016
End of activities 16/06/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 ZOOLOGIA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 BONATO LUCIO (Presidente)
GASPARINI CLELIA (Membro Effettivo)
7 ZOOLOGIA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2018 GUIDOLIN LAURA (Presidente)
MANNI LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)
6 Zoologia 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 GUIDOLIN LAURA (Presidente)
MANNI LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)
5 ZOOLOGIA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 GUIDOLIN LAURA (Presidente)
MANNI LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No particular competences and knowledge required to follow the teaching at a profit, or any prerequisites.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the main morphological, cytological, reproductive and metabolic characteristics of uni- and oligocellular organisms belonging to the Protozoa. Knowledge of the phylogenetic position, adaptive radiation, and morpho-physiological organization in the different phyla of Invertebrates and Vertebrates Metazoa, at cellular and organismic levels. Knowledge of life-cycles, feeding habits and reproduction ways.
Examination methods: The exam is a written test and consist in several questions about the topics treated during the course., including the recognition and classification of laboratory specimens observed during the laboratories. There will be the possibility to carry out tests in itinere.
Assessment criteria: The primary and essential condition for the overcoming of the exam is the ability of identification, i.e. ability of classification in the main taxa protozoa and invertebrate metazoa. The identification of phylogenetic relationships among organisms and description of life-cycles in the most prominent taxa.
Course unit contents: Topics of the course in the first semester: principles of the evolution of animal diversity, ecology, metabolism, cycles, reproduction and sex phenomena, adaptation to the environments, architecture of the animals, in particular, providing a summary of the plans and structural organization in invertebrates Metazoa. The concepts of species, homology and analogy, phylogenetic relationships in the major phyla of invertebrates and vertebrates Metazoa will be discussed. The appearance of eukaryotes and the main taxa of Protozoa conclude the first part of the course.
Topics of the second semester: all other phyla of invertebrates from sponges and placozoa, cnidarians and ctenophores, Acoelomorpha, flatworms, and smaller groups, molluscs, annelids, small ecdysozoa, trilobites, chelicerates and myriapods, crustaceans, hexapods, chaetognaths, echinoderms and hemichordates.
Eventually criteria of classification, general characteristics and systematics of chordates will be considered: urochordates, cephalochordates, tunicates and vertebrates (fish, amphibians, “not birds” reptiles, birds and mammals).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course (12 Credits) consists in 72 hours of lectures and 48 hours of laboratory.
The various topics of the course of Zoology are presented with lectures in power-point, which illustrate in details the morphology of the organisms related to the functions.
Some impressive DVD are also shown for the presentation of the main taxa. The observation of live and fixed (both microscopical and macroscopical ones) specimens.
In the first semester, the course includes also educational tours at the Natural History Museum of Venice and of Zoology of the University of Padua.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Some texbooks of Protozoology and Zoology at different levels of complexity are advised and one Guide for laboratory. The use of some dycotomic keys is also recommended to identify the organisms from the morphological traits.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. P. Hickman, Jr., L. S. Roberts, S. L. Keen, D. J. Eisenhour, A. Larson, H. l'Arson, DIVERSTA' ANIMALE. MILANO: McGraw-Hill Companies, S.r.l., 2016. Sedicesima edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • O. Coppellotti Krupa, S. Ferro, Guida alle Esercitazioni di Zoologia: Protozoi e Metazoi Invertebrati. Padova: Libreria Progetto, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo