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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP6075858, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0321, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
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 CHIARA PAPETTI BIO/07
Other lecturers ELISA BOSCARI BIO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/07 Ecology 10.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 8.0 56 144.0 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
4  Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 PAPETTI CHIARA (Presidente)
BOSCARI ELISA (Membro Effettivo)
VENIER PAOLA (Supplente)
ZANE LORENZO (Supplente)
3 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 PAPETTI CHIARA (Presidente)
CONGIU LEONARDO (Membro Effettivo)
VENIER PAOLA (Supplente)
ZANE LORENZO (Supplente)
2 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 PAPETTI CHIARA (Presidente)
CONGIU LEONARDO (Membro Effettivo)
VENIER PAOLA (Supplente)
ZANE LORENZO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: General knowledge of Ecology, Botanics, Zoology
Target skills and knowledge: Main goals are:
- Acquisition of methods and approaches of ecology, conservation biology and molecular ecology, through theory and practical examples;
- Comprehension of how natural and human-induced climate change impacts affect biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Students will also learn from specific examples, a field trip and a molecular ecology lab how to apply ecological methods for conservation, priority settings and monitoring of natural resources.
Examination methods: For what concerns the part of Professor Papetti there are two alternatives among which the student can choose (analysis of an article and written exam with open and multiple-choice questions or analysis of an article and group project). For the part of prof. Boscari a written exam (open and multiple-choice questions). Some changes to the evaluation plan and to the course general approaches will be agreed on with students by signing a student-teacher agreement.
Assessment criteria: Ability to develop and report knowledge delivered during classes, completeness and clarity of answers, correctness of terminology. For those who will opt for the group project: the capacity of clear presentation of project objectives and development will be valued. Capacity to include topics not dealt with during classes will be appreciated and learning outside the student’s comfort zone will be also praised.
Course unit contents: Ecosystem biodiversity: from species to ecosystems, main ideas, methods, functions and services, ecology networks, invasive species.
Conservation ecology and closely related approaches such as different satellite ecology disciplines (soundscape ecology, landscape ecology, molecular ecology, biotremology), impact mitigation. Ecological responses to climate change, basic knowledge of statistical ecology.
Genetic aspects: molecular markers, allozymes, restriction fragments, DNA fingerprinting (RFLP), Polymerase Chain Reaction, RAPD, AFLP, microsatellites, SNPs, sequencing, DNA barconing, BOLD database and basics of next-gen high throughput sequencing.
How to study genome structure in ecology: non-coding DNA, coding DNA, mitochondrial DNA, nuclear DNA, plastidial DNA, repeated DNA sequences. Dominance, codominance and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in parental assignment.
Examples will be provided of applications of main topics dealt with during frontal lessons, focussing on experimental design, methods and filed data collection. The field trip will be focus in collecting information on ecological problems and potential solutions in the study area.
The experience in a molecular ecology lab about species identification will include practice with main standard molecular ecology techniques (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, use of restriction enzymes, sequencing). Data analysis will entail use of main software for molecular analysis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons, group work, field work and laboratory experience.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides and additional material will be available via moodle (elearning platform). Additional information will be provided via padlet.
Students are welcome to meet the teachers by appointment (via email or phone call).

Individual notes, Specific scientific papers provided during lessons
PDF copy of lessons’ presentations.
For in-depth study:
Elementi di Ecologia (Smith & Smith, Pearson)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • 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, ...)
  • Kahoot, poll everywhere

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Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land