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SC01109615, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ZOOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
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 LAURA GUIDOLIN

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/05 Zoology 12.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 3.0 48 27.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 28/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 ZOOLOGIA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 BONATO LUCIO (Presidente)
GASPARINI CLELIA (Membro Effettivo)
7 ZOOLOGIA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2018 GUIDOLIN LAURA (Presidente)
MANNI LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)
6 Zoologia 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 GUIDOLIN LAURA (Presidente)
MANNI LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No knowledge or skills required to follow the teaching with any profit, nor any prerequisites are required.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of phylogenetic problems and organization of the main phyla of Protozoa. Knowledge of phylogenetic classification and morpho-functional organization in the various phyla of Invertebrate and Vertebrata Metazoa, at the cellular and organismic level. Knowledge of development cycles and reproductive modalities.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a written test with open questions about the program.
Since the Zoology exam is an annual course, partial tests will be carried out in itinere.
Assessment criteria: The necessary condition for passing the exam will be the ability to correctly recognize and classify in the main taxa, Protozoa and Metazoa invertebrates and vertebrates; the identification of phylogenetic relationships between organisms and description of the life cycle of the most important taxa.
Course unit contents: In the first semester of the course the principles of the evolution of animal diversity, ecology, life cycles and adaptations to the environment, the architecture of animals will be discussed; in particular, this last point will show a synthesis of the structural and organizational plans in the invertebrate Metazoa. Furthermore, the concepts of species and homology and analogy, the phylogenetic relationships in the main phyla of Metazoa invertebrates and vertebrates will be treated. The appearance of eukaryotes and the main taxa of Protozoa will conclude the first part of the course.
In the second semester all the other invertebrate phyla will be taken into consideration, starting from Sponges and Placozoans, followed by Cnidaria and Ctenophor, Acoelomorpha, Platyzoa contains Platyhelminthes,Gastrotricha and four phyla in Gnathifera and Mesozoa, molluscs, annelids and allied taxa, smaller Ecdysozoans, Trilobites, Chelicerates and Myriapods, Crustaceans, Hexapods, Chaetognaths, Echinoderms and Hemichordates.
Furthermore, classification criteria, general characters and systematics of Chordates will be considered, such as: Urochordata, Cephalochordata, and Vertebrata (fish, amphibians, "nonavian" reptiles, birds and mammals).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The 12 CFU course is divided into:
72 hours of lectures and 48 hours between laboratory and educational outings, scheduled for the first semester, at the Natural History Museums of Venice and the Zoology Museum of the University of Padova.
The various topics of the Zoology course are presented with power-point lessons, which illustrate in detail the morphology of the organisms, the different functions of organs, apparatuses, etc. The presentation of the main taxa will include some thematic DVDs and the observation of samples and organisms in vivo and / or conserved (both at a microscopic and macroscopic level).
Additional notes about suggested reading: The use of manuals, in particular for invertebrates, and of appropriate dichotomous keys for the main groups of organisms will be recommended for the laboratory.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • • C. P. Hickman, Jr., L. S. Roberts, S. L. Keen, D. J. Eisenhour, A. Larson, H. l'Anson,, DIVERSTÀ ANIMALE.. MILANO: McGraw-Hill Companies, S.r.l., 2016. Sedicesima edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • • O. Coppellotti Krupa, S. Ferro, Guida alle Esercitazioni di Zoologia: Protozoi e Metazoi Invertebrati.. PADOVA: Libreria Progetto, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning contract/agreement

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