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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077486, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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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)
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Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
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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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
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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. Passing the possible OFA in Biology is required to be admitted to the exam.
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 and its applications, principles of population genetics, genetic diversity and its assessment, effective population size.
Part 2 (2 CFU): random drift in natural populations, population fragmentation and geographic isolation, migration and gene flow, mechanisms and effects of natural and artificial selection, mutation.
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. Differences between qualitative and quantitative traits, genetic effects and phenotypic variability and its components, heritability.
Part 4 (1 CFU): Genetic management of wild populations and captive populations, management of reintroduction, genetics of lab animals (characteristics of rat and mice inbred strains and of outbred stocks, classification of strains).
Part 5 (1 CFU): course practical activities. Practical activities will cover:
- Use of a software for the management of captive breeding programs
- Computation of the additive genetic relationships between individuals and inbreeding
- 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. Frontal lectures include practical examples of the presented topics. Practical activities are based on participative interaction, with group discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: R. Frankham, J. D. Ballou, D. A. Briscoe. Introduction to conservation genetics. ISBN 13: 978-0-52170-271-3. (Suggested)
D. S. Falconer and T.F.C. Mackay. Introduction to Quantitative Genetics (4th Edition). ISBN 13: 9780582243026. (Supplementary)
B. Walsh and M. Lynch. Genetics and analysis of quantitative traits. ISBN 13: 978-0-87893-481-2. (Supplementary)
The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform at
Supplementary readings will be provided, if needed.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Frankham, Richard; Ballou, Jonathan D.; McInnes, Karina H., Introduction to conservation geneticsRichard Frankham, Jonathan D. Ballou, David A. Briscoeline drawings by Karina H. McInnes. Cambridge [etc.]: Cambridge University press, 2010. ISBN 13: 978-0-52170-271-3

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos

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

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