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Course unit
SCP6076458, 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
IF1839, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
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
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ROBERTO MANTOVANI AGR/17
Other lecturers TOMASO PATARNELLO BIO/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/17 General Techniques for Zoology and Genetic Improvement 5.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/05 Zoology 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
PATARNELLO TOMASO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The previous knowledge and skills necessary for a proficient course understanding are related with biology and genetics of eukaryotes. Basic knowledge of evolutionary processes is also required. However, students are not required to have pass any specific exam.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course students will acquire a deep knowledge on different biotechnologies applied to animal production, on population genetics including the basis of genetic differentiation and micro-evolutionary processes, productive systems for farm animals, animal breeding and quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and its use in animal breeding programs and species, breeds or individual traceability of animal products.
Examination methods: The examination of students will be carried out through written test accounting for multiple choice questions, exercises and questions to be answered with a brief text production.
Assessment criteria: Students’ knowledge will be evaluated considering both specific definitions given during the course but also by analyzing their capacity of applying the acquired knowledge to simple quantitative genetic problems.
Course unit contents: Natural polymorphisms, Population genetics, Allele frequency and genotypes, Hardy and Weimberg equilibrium, Evolution paths, Speciation processes.
Animal production systems, livestock breeds, Evolution of genetics in animal breeding, quantitative genetics and animal breeding programs.
Molecular genetics, Genetic markers, molecular traceability at breed and individual level, SNPs identification and use.
Molecular genetics applied to animal breeding projects: genetic disease, paternity tests, QTLs and genomic selection, landscape genetics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Room teaching and numerical exercises aimed at transferring to students the biological bases of gene pools (breeds, natural populations and species) differentiation. The Direct room teaching activity and exercises on quantitative genetics and animal breeding programs. External activities will consider visits to farms. This with the aim of transferring a great amount of practice skills to students and giving them the chance to become technicians able to manage quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and modern biotechnologies applied to animal production.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The presence of students during direct teaching activities and exercises are strictly recommended in order to acquire the material presented during lectures and exercises. The lecturer will allow the students to access the material through appropriate on line instruments.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M. Ferraguti, C. Castellacci, Evoluzione. Modelli e processi. --: Pearson, --. ISBN 9788871926247 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bittante G., Andrighetto I, Ramanzin M, Fondamenti di zootecnica. --: Liviana Scolastica, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bittante G., Andrighetto I, Ramanzin M, Tecniche di produzione animale. --: Liviana Scolastica, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Barcaccia G. e Falcinelli M., Genetica e genomica – Vol. III Genomica e Biotecnologie genetiche (1a edizione). Napoli: Liguori Editore, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Poli G., Biotecnologie. Principi e applicazioni dell'ingegneria genetica. --: UTET, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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