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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077486, 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
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED ANIMAL GENETICS (MOD. B)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge VALENTINA BONFATTI AGR/17

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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses AGR/17 General Techniques for Zoology and Genetic Improvement 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Students are required to have a basic understanding of cell biology, genetics, molecular biology and evolution. Required foundation courses: none.
Target skills and knowledge: Learn the concepts of general biology and genetics necessary for the understanding of topics related to the management of animal genetic resources.
Acquire the capability to recognize the major animal groups, and understand the evolutionary processes that generated the current diversity of phyla. Acquire knowledge on control of inbreeding and preservation of genetic variability in small groups of animals.
Examination methods: Written examination with multiple choice questions. If required, students must have previously passed the additional learning obligations.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of the acquired knowledge in relation to its ability to use and present the concepts and topics learned during the course.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course lectures will cover:
Part 1 (1 CFU): hereditary mechanisms, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, changes of gene frequency, differences between qualitative and quantitative traits, concept of phenotype, genetic effects and phenotypic variability and its components, heritability.
Part 2 (2 CFU): principles of population genetics, genetic diversity and its assessment, random drift in natural populations, effective population size, mechanisms and effects of natural and artificial selection, mutation, population fragmentation and geographic isolation, migration and gene flow.
Part 3 (1 CFU): genetic relationships between individuals, inbreeding and inbreeding depression, inbreeding management in closed populations and animal colonies, applied methods for management of reproduction, cross-breeding, heterosis.
Part 4 (1 CFU): genetic management of wild populations and captive populations, management of reintroduction, genetics of lab animals.
Part 5 (1 CFU): course practical activities. Practical activities will cover:
- Computation of the additive genetic relationships between individuals and inbreeding
- Estimation of heritability
- Conservation genetics: discussion of a case study
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 40 hours of lectures and 8 hour of practical activities to reinforce concepts and principles discussed in lecture sessions. Practical activities are based on participative interaction, with group discussion and evaluation tests.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Supplementary readings will be provided.
The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • D. S. Falconer and T.F.C. Mackay, Introduction to Quantitative Genetics (4th Edition). --: --, --. ISBN 13: 9780582243026 - supplementary reading Cerca nel catalogo
  • B. Walsh and M. Lynch, Genetics and analysis of quantitative traits.. --: --, --. ISBN 13: 978-0-87893-481-2 - supplementary reading Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Frankham, J. D. Ballou, D. A. Briscoe, Introduction to conservation genetics. --: --, --. ISBN 13: 978-0-52170-271-3 - suggested reading Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • PMx (software for population management)

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