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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7079880, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
MV0991, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 4.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (MOD. A)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge CRISTIAN TACCIOLI BIO/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/11 Molecular Biology 4.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 07/12/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: The student should have basic knowledge of Biology, be familiar with the main feature of eukariotyc cell; be familiar with basic cellular biology and cellular biochemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire basic understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate gene transcription and translation, with special attention to the control of gene expression. The student will also acquire the basis of recombinant DNA technology, with special emphasis to the practical aspects of genetic engineering and biotechnologies. The student will acquire also the basic concepts dealing with DNA structure, cell cycle, Mendelian genetics, genetic linkage, pedigrees and population genetics. Learn to know the major animal groups, having relevance in veterinary medicine, and the evolutionary processes that generated the current diversity of phyla. Finally the student will gain the basic concepts of structures and organization in the following tissues: covering epithelia (including skin and skin derivatives), glandular epithelia, connective, muscular and nervous. The student will acquire knowledge of molecular and cellular mechanisms that occur during development; the study of foetal membranes in animals of veterinary interest will be of particular significance.
Examination methods: Written examination
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of his/her acquired knowledge on the main biological process at molecular levels. The knowledge of the main modern applications of molecular biology techniques will be also evaluated. The student will be also evaluated for the capability to recognize histological slides showed during the course as well as for the mastery in systematic zoology. More generally the student will be evaluated on the basis of the knowledge acquired during the course and on the ability to use and present the concepts and topics learned.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: - A definition of life

- The tree of life (Archea, Bacteria and Eukaryiotes)

- Evolution (Darwin and Lamarck)

- Epigenetics related to evolution

- Genome Complexity

- Difference between Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic cells (organelles, membranes,reproduction, energy, etc.)

- Detailed description of a Prokaryotic cell (outer and inner membranes, cell wall, LPS, flagellum, etc.)

- Gram + and Gram - bacteria

- Detailed description of an Eukaryiotc cell (organelles, energy, genome, etc.)

- DNA and RNA (chemical structure)

- Replication in Prokaryotic cells (Initiation, Elongation and Termination)

- Replication in Eukaryotic cells (Initiation, Elongation and Termination)

- Transcription in Prokaryotic cells (Initiation, Elongation and Termination)

- Transcription in Eukaryotic cells (Initiation, Elongation and Termination)

- Regulation of Transcription in Eukaryotic cells (miRNA, RNA editing, direct DNA methylation and Epigenetics)

- Translation in Prokaryotic cells

- Translation in Eukaryotic cells

- Introduction to molecular biology techniques (PCR, qRT-PCR, Next Generation Sequencing)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During the course pptx and pdf files will be publicly release to the students attending the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students attending the course will have access to an electronic PDF book focused on Molecular Biology and Genomics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Benjamin Lewin, Il Gene X. --: Zanichelli, 2015. L'acquisto del libro di testo sopraindicato non e' obbligatorio ed e' consultabile presso la biblioteca di Dipartimento. #BOOK NOT MANDATORY# Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem solving

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

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