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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077540, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
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Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
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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 PAOLO MONGILLO VET/02
Other lecturers MARIAN YONG AN HU

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/02 Veterinary Physiology 8.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MONGILLO PAOLO (Presidente)
HU MARIAN YONG AN (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are required to have sound basic knowledge in biochemistry, physics and anatomy of vertebrates.
Target skills and knowledge: To learn the basis of the circulatory, renal, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, reproductive systems physiology in the different vertebrate classes.

To understand the main regulatory mechanisms of the nutrient absorption and distribution, oxygen distribution, water and electrolyte balance, acid/base balance, and regulation of body temperature.

Students will acquire theoretical and practical tools to understand the physiological animals’ adaptation to environmental changes and stressors.
Examination methods: Written examination consisting of open and multiple choices questions. The examination will be based on a problem-solving approach.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will take into account the following criteria:
1) Quality and depth of the subject knowledge;
2) The comprehension of the integration among different apparatus/system;
3) The capability to explain in physiological terms the animal's adaptation to simple environmental situations;
4) Quality of the narrative built-up.
Course unit contents: LECTURES:

Comparative physiology of the body fluids with emphasis on blood cells functions. The principles of the chemical communication. Comparative physiology of the circulatory, respiratory and excretory systems. Mechanisms of oxygen and CO2 transportation, and exchange; regulation of the water and electrolyte balance, and of the acid-base balance. The integrative mechanisms between the nervous and the endocrine systems and comparative endocrinology. Biological clocks. Reproductive strategies and sexuality in vertebrates. Reproductive cycles, seasonality and environmental control. Male and female reproductive physiology and gamete development.
The comparative aspects of digestion and absorption.The main regulatory mechanisms for growth, intermediate and calcium metabolism. Physiological responses to stressors.The regulation of body temperature and adaptation to hot and cold environments.

Blood smear preparation and evaluation in different species of vertebrates, techniques for the endocrinological evaluation of stress, fish spawning.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 56 hours of lectures, 8 hours of lab sessions and hands on activities to reinforce physiological principles discussed in lecture sessions.
Lab sessions and practical activities are based on participative interaction, with group discussion and evaluation tests.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbook:

R. W. Hill, G. A. Wyse, M. Anderson. Animal Physiology, 3rd Edition. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, USA.

Additional materials will be delivered to the students during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hill, Wyse, Anderson, Animal Physiology. Sunderland, USA: Sinauer Assoicates, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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