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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077600, A.A. 2019/20

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. 2019/20
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Degree course track WILD ANIMAL [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
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 can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIORGIO MARCHESINI AGR/19
Other lecturers ADRIANO CECCONI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/20 Animal Husbandry 1.0
Core courses AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 5.0
Core courses SECS-P/07 Business Administration 2.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1  Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MARCHESINI GIORGIO (Presidente)
TROCINO ANGELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are required to have solid knowledge of general principles of ecology, ethology, animal welfare and basic knowledge of animal nutrition and feeding.
Required foundation courses: Applied mathematics and physics, General pathology and laboratory techniques. Admission of students to practical activities (which is mandatory for at least 75% of the laboratory hours) is conditional depending on compliance of appropriate educational background.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will be able to
- transfer the knowledge on the requirements of wild species in nature to the captivity condition, in order to maximize their welfare and health;
- acquire basic skills on handling, transport requirements, containment methods and enclosure design and management for animals belonging to different taxa;

- interpret and use cost-accounting models widely used in private and public enterprises directly involved in the management and care of animals, as well as to understand key issues relating to the more common tools of business management control.
Examination methods: Evaluation of the student will be based on the results of a final written test.
Assessment criteria: The examination will cover both practical and theoretical learning objectives. The student is expected to be able to discuss contents presented during lecture sessions using an appropriate technical language.
Course unit contents: The course lectures will cover:
1. Introduction to zoos and aquariums: purpose, history, role in conservation, organization and management, legislation and ethics (1 credit).
2. Exhibit design and its influence on captive animal’s behaviour, health, welfare and people safety (1 Credit).
3. Management of captive animal’s nutrition, feeding and reproduction (1 Credit)
4. Captive and wild animal’s handling and transport (1 credit)
5. In-situ conservation, reintroductions and principles of wildlife management (1 credit)
6. Introduction to management and cost accounting, Cost accumulation for inventory valuation and profit measurement, Information for decision-making and for planning, control and performance measurement, Cost management and strategic management accounting, The application of quantitative methods to management accounting (2 Credits).

Practical activities (1 credit) will cover:
• evaluation of pros and cons of different enclosure designs;
• precautions to be taken in animal, feed and enclosure management;
• problem solving;
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 56 hours of lectures and 8 hours of hands-on activities.
During practical activities students will be divided in small groups and their results will be discussed among groups in order to improve communication skills through a participative interaction.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P.A. Rees, An introduction to zoo biology and management. --: Wiley-Blackwell, --. 1st Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • D.G. Kleiman et al, Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management. --: The University of Chicago Press, --. 2nd Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • P.A.Rees, Studying Captive Animals: A Workbook of Methods in Behaviour, Welfare and Ecology Studying Captive Animals. --: Wiley Blacwell, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • L.S. Mills, Conservation Of Wildlife Populations: Demography, Genetics, And Management. --: Wiley Blacwell, --. 2nd Edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Drury, Management and Cost Accounting. --: Cengage Learning, Inc., --. 7th Edition Cerca nel catalogo
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Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos
  • Collaborative learning, Questioning

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Life on Land