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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4067774, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0056, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANIMAL BIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge ANDREA BATTISTI AGR/11

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses BIO/01 General Botanics 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 2
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 2
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 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
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: 1st credit: The biomolecules and their importance in animals. Traits of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells in relation to animals.
2nd credit: Sexual reproduction (meiosis and heredity laws) and its diversification in animals.
3rd credit: The peculiarities of the animal cell division and its control. Cytology with special attention to its distinctive features in different tissues: nervous, muscle, bone, blood, epithelium.
4th credit: Nutrition. Trophic specialization and food webs. Nutritional symbiosis. Gas exchanges: gills, lungs, tracheal systems. Hemoglobin and other oxygen-transport proteins. Nitrogen metabolism
5th credit: Movement and body structure. Nervous system. Sense organs. Main hormones and their regulation, feedback mechanisms.
6th credit: Animals of applied interest in agriculture and forestry. Protists, nematodes, molluscs, earhtworms, arthropods, vertebrates. Ecological importance and biodiversity. Classification.

Some lectures will be in English.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will include 32 hours of teaching on the theoretical bases of animal biology.
The pratical activity (16 hours) will include 16 hours of laboratory work on the microscopic and macroscopic analyses of morphological and functional traits of animals relevant to agriculture.
Students will be divided in 3 groups and each group will receive the same amount of practical work.

Some practicals will be in English.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The textbook for the course is:

Raven et al. (2014) Biology. MacGraw Hill.

Additional material will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at

The students may contact the teacher through the forum available on the Moodle platform or through e mail
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Raven et al., Biology. --: MacGraw Hill, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions

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

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