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Course unit
SCO2046334, 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
IF0360, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIODIVERSITY AND BEHAVIOUR
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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 MATTEO GRIGGIO BIO/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/05 Zoology 6.0
Core courses BIO/06 Comparative Anatomy and Citology 2.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 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.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 BIODIVERSITA' E COMPORTAMENTO 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 GRIGGIO MATTEO (Presidente)
MAZZOLDI CARLOTTA (Membro Effettivo)
7 BIODIVERSITA' E COMPORTAMENTO 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GRIGGIO MATTEO (Presidente)
MAZZOLDI CARLOTTA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: To successfully follow this course, it is desirable that the student has taken courses in ecology, and in particular in marine ecology, at different levels (population, community).
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to address the issues of biodiversity, a widely used and popular term, though often not entirely understood, and animal behaviour. Evolution plays a key role in maintaining biodiversity and for this reason the focus of this course will be the role of ecological pressures on the morphology and behaviour of marine animals. At the end of the course, the students will have improved their knowledge in marine ecology and the behaviour of marine species. Moreover, the students will have gained a critical approach to successfully operate in the study and preservation of biodiversity.
Examination methods: The evaluation is a written test consisting of three open questions.
Assessment criteria: The first two questions will focus on two general topics. These questions will allow evaluation of the theoretical training of the students. The third question will be focused on a case study. This question will allow evaluation of the student’s analytical and critical skills, using the acquired theoretical instruments.
Course unit contents: Biodiversity: the concept of biodiversity, the diversity of organisms and the ecological systems in which they live. The key role of evolution in shaping biodiversity. Ecological pressures on the morphology and behaviour of marine species. Morphological and behavioural adaptations to different marine habitats (pelagic, benthic, abyssal, intertidal). Biodiversity as the web of complex interrelationships between organisms, the contribution of the study of animal behaviour to understanding the concept of biodiversity. The study of reproductive behaviour, parental care, mimicry and social life, using the most modern concepts of behavioural ecology. Anthropic pressures on marine species and marine habitats. Anthropic impacts on marine species behaviour.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is comprised of lectures and practical lessons. Lectures will provide the theoretical background on biodiversity, ecology and behavior of marine species. Practical lessons will allow the direct application of the theoretical topics to different case study. Students will collect data or use data already available. The practical lessons will take place in the teaching laboratory, where students will collect morphological data on samples of marine species, and in the computer room, where data will be analysed using different softwares. A final practical lesson will be devoted to the analyses of data, both collected by students and provided by the teacher, applying modern methods of comparative analyses to study the evolution of biodiversity.
Additional notes about suggested reading: There are no books covering all the topics of the course. However, the suggested books provide supporting materials. All the slides together with the general and specific papers will be available in the elearning platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Nicholas B. Davies, John R. Krebs, Stuart A. West, An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, 4th Edition. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos
  • Learning journal

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land