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Second cycle
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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7079277, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0321, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
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 STEFANO CAGNIN BIO/18
Other lecturers PAOLA VENIER BIO/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/18 Genetics 4.0
Core courses BIO/19 General Microbiology 2.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 CAGNIN STEFANO (Presidente)
VENIER PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 LAVEDER PAOLO (Presidente)
VENIER PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No preparatory knowledge is required. However, chemistry and biology help learning the basic concepts of genetics and microbiology in view of an innovative management of our territory and eco-sustainable economic development.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide basics of genetics, including main biological models and experimental strategies, in order to understand vital processes and biological evolution in a given environment. Microorganisms will be carefully discussed owing to their great relevance in nature and in life sciences
Examination methods: To be defined
Assessment criteria: Achievement of the basics of genetics, with attention to microorganisms, will be assessed with adequate number of different questions (open, to be completed, with multiple answers, solving exercises) or by oral exam.
Course unit contents: 1-Genotype, phenotype, phenotypic plasticità: hints for study and optimal management of a changing environment. Mendelian inheritance of autosomic and sex-linked traits, with examples of molecular mechanisms. 2-Chromosomal heritage basis, sex determination, exceptions and externsion of genetic analysis in nature. 3-Intrinsich features of nucleic acids: practical aspects. Genome variety and organization of the genetic material in microorganisms and pluricellular organisms. Analysis of nucleotide and amino acid sequences, with examples. 4- Constancy of genetic information and genome evolution: DNA replication, point and chromosome mutations, DNA repair, homologous and site-specific recombination, transposition of genetic elements. Methods based on in vitro DNA synthesis, CRISP/CAS9 editing. 5-Transcription and cellular RNAs. Genetic code and synthesis of proteins. Peptides and proteins from marine organisms. Levels of gene regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Experimental ‘omics approaches. 6-Structure and genetic analysis of natural populations. How to study the heritability of polygenic traits.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The contents (6 credits) will be proposed in frontal lessons with focussed examples and exercises. Interactive and continuous dedication are essential to student learning. The proposed contents will be anchored to textbook chapters, aiming to improve the students habit to query, analyze and compare scientific books . Additional materials including study guide and scientific papers will be made available by the teacher. A detailed list of contents will be prepared at the end of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Contents and details are indicated above. Teacher is available to interact with students during lessons, by e-mail or, following agreement of day and hour, in working days’ afternoons.

Other textbooks according to the student preference (if such textbooks are old, comparison with recent textbooks is essential)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Peter J Russell, Genetica: un approccio molecolare (4a ed.); edizione italiana a cura di Carla Cicchini e Alessandra Marchetti. Milano: Pearson, 2014. Consigliato Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mark F. Sanders, John L. Bowman, Genetica: un approccio integrato (1a ed.), con Mastering Genetics™; edizione italiana a cura di Renata Cozzi e Caterina Tanzarella. Milano: Pearson, 2013. Consigliato Cerca nel catalogo
  • Benjamin Pierce, Genetica (5a ed.); edizione italiana a cura di Guido Barbujani. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giorgio Binelli, Daniela Ghisotti [coordinatori], Genetica [autori]: Serena Aceto ... [et al.]. Napoli: EdiSes, 2018.
  • Lucia Migliore, Genomica e mutagenesi ambientale. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Flipped classroom
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Clean Water and Sanitation Decent Work and Economic Growth Reduced Inequalities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land