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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043598, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENETICS
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 NATASCIA TISO BIO/13
Other lecturers GIOVANNI VAZZA BIO/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/13 Applied Biology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 TISO NATASCIA (Presidente)
BEFFAGNA GIORGIA (Membro Effettivo)
VAZZA GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course requires basic knowledge of cell biology. The students must also know basic concepts in probability, necessary for the resolution of problems proposed during lessons and at the end of the course.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is proposed as an incentive and guide for learning the basics of genetics, with particular reference to human genetics.

In detail, the course aims to provide the foundations of classical genetics and the molecular basis of the most commonly inherited human disorders. The course will also provide basic knowledge on multifactorial inheritance and developmental genetics. This knowledge is essential for the understanding of concepts such as the genetic basis of behavior, the molecular mechanisms underlying neurological disorders and the psychological implications in genetic counseling.

The skills that the student will start to acquire are:
- the use of appropriate scientific terminology
- the ability to make connections
- the ability to synthesize
- the ability to solve problems
- autonomous judgement
Examination methods: Written (PC-based) test with 33 multiple-choice questions. Duration: 1 hour.

The exam is designed to verify all covered topics, thus ascertaining the knowledge of the entire teaching program. The questions are designed to ascertain the ability to reason and make connections. Part of the questions ascertains the ability to solve specific problems concerning the genetic inheritance in living organisms.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria are designed to ensure that the student has consolidated the knowledge of the topics covered during the course and the ability to operate connections among them. In particular, these criteria will test the ability to use the acquired theoretical knowledge to solve simple problems, in addition to the acquisition of the correct terminology essential for the interaction with experts in the field.
Course unit contents: Introduction: cells, mitosis, meiosis, development and aging.
Monogenic inheritance; beyond Mendel's Laws; sex-linked inheritance; multifactorial traits. DNA and chromosomes. DNA structure and replication. Transcription and translation: from DNA to RNA and protein. Gene expression and epigenetics. Gene mutation. Human genome organization and genetic diseases. Genomics. Gene mapping. Behavior genetics. Cancer genetics. Genetic technology. Genetic testing and treatment. Reproductive technologies. Genetic counseling and psychological implications.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in lectures whose contents are presented in Power Point with the help of images, schemas and videos. The teaching is interactive, with questions put in the classroom to the students, to promote discussion and critical thinking during the lesson.
At the end of each lesson, self-assessment tests are made available to the students on the Moodle e-learning page of the course.
These training activities allow students to self-evaluate:
- progress in the study
- level of understanding of covered topics
- ability to make connections
- ability to solve practical problems concerning the analysis of genetic inheritance in living organisms.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The audio-visual material projected during the lectures will be available on the Moodle E-learning platform from the day of the lesson. For information on materials and examination in English, please contact the course teacher.
The reference book is: Ricki Lewis: "Human Genetics. Concepts and applications".
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ricki Lewis, Genetica Umana. Concetti e applicazioni.. --: Piccin, 2011. 9a edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ricki Lewis, Human Genetics. Concepts and applications.. --: McGraw-Hill, 2015. 11th edition Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Self-evaluation tests

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

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