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SCN1032606, 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
IF0360, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MARINE BOTANICS
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 ISABELLA MORO BIO/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/01 General Botanics 5.0
Core courses BIO/02 Systematic Botanics 2.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 BOTANICA MARINA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MORO ISABELLA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: No specific prerequisites are required, but knowledge in Botany.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will be able to know morphological, ultrastructural and biochemical features, in addition to phylogeny of marine photosynthetic organisms (cyanobacteria, microalgae, macroalgae and seagrasses).
Moreover, the student will have also acquired the knowledge on the use of marine photosynthetic organisms and their ability to produce bioactive compounds, useful to biotechnological uses.
Examination methods: The acquired knowledge and skills will be assessed through a written examination, composed by multiple-choice questions and open questions. This exam is based on the topics discussed in class.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the student is based on the examination, where the completeness of the acquired knowledge will be evaluated. Each student can also prepare and exhibit a report on a topic pertinent to botanical subjects of the marine photosynthetic organisms. This report will be considered in the final evaluation.
Course unit contents: The topics of the program can be divided into the following parts:
a) Knowledge on biodiversity of cyanobacteria, microalgae, macroalgae, and seagrasses (2CFU lessons; 1 CFU laboratory).
b) Life cycles of species belonging to different taxa (0,5 CFU lessons).
c) Spatial and temporal distribution of microalgae and macrophytes in marine and lagoon environments. Biotic interactions in the ecosystem: competition between algae, herbivore grazing, chemical protection. Distribution and appearance of new macroalgal species in relation to anthropogenic factors (2 CFU lessons).
d) Algae and man: isolation of microalgae, intensive cultures and use of these microorganisms.
Macroalgae and industrial use. Algae and food. Macromolecules of economic interest: agar, alginates and carrageenan. Algal bioactive compounds (1,5 CFU lessons).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in theoretical lectures and laboratory exercises. Some lessons will be carried out in informatics classroom.
The laboratory exercises include individual and / or group works, in which students have the opportunity to use different techniques.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the didactic resources used for the lessons are available on the class page of the e-learning platform. The teacher supply students with lesson slides. Moreover, texts present in the library are suggested for consultation.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Van den Hoek C., Mann D.G. & Jahns H.M., Algae. An introduction to phycology.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pasqua G., Abbate G., Forni C., Botanica generale e diversit√† vegetale. II Edizione. Padova: Piccin Nuova Libraria, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Use of online videos

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Life Below Water