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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070172, 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
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 First 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 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BEGLIOMINI CHIARA (Presidente)
CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
CELLINI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
DADDA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Good notions concerning the basics of genetics laws is required. The biology manual mentioned below can be of help in filling possible gaps of knowledge on this topic.
Target skills and knowledge: Students are supposed to acquire the knowledge of how genetics translate into normal and pathological behavior.
Examination methods: The final examination is written and made up of 31 multiple choice questions.
During the course, as a closing step for each of the topics, 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: -Basic concepts of genetics and heritability;
-How the interplay between genes and environment can influence behavior;
- Behavioral implications of some of the main genetic and chromosomal disorders (eg: Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, fragile X)
- Genetical underpinnings of some behavioral traits in the normal and pathological field.
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)
  • Terence J. Bazzett, An introduction to behavior genetics. Sunderland MA (USA): Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers, 2008. Capitoli 1-3; 5-12 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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