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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01122803, 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
IF0325, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
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 ALESSIO CECCHINATO AGR/17

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses AGR/17 General Techniques for Zoology and Genetic Improvement 8.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

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

Prerequisites: No specific pass of these exams are required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides students with basic knowledge on the livestock production system, breeds of livestock and animal product. The theory of quantitative genetics and its application in the field of animal breeding will be provided in the second part of the course.
Examination methods: The examination of students will be carried out through written test accounting for multiple choice questions, exercises and questions to be answered with a brief text production.
Assessment criteria: Students’ knowledge will be evaluated considering both specific definitions given during the course but also by analyzing their capacity of applying the acquired knowledge to animal breeding and genetics.
Course unit contents: Livestock production systems. Aims of livestock production. Meat, milk and dairy products. Dairy cattle production systems. Beef cattle production systems. Pig production. Dry-cured ham production. Pig production systems.
Breeds of livestock. Dairy cattle breeds. Beef cattle breeds. Dual-purpose cattle breeds. Pig breeds.
Animal breeding. Aims and features of breeding programs. Qualitative and quantitative traits. Genetic effects and variation of quantitative traits. Breeding value. Heritability and repeatability of quantitative traits. Basics of breeding value estimation. Accuracy of estimated breeding values. Additive genetic relationships. The tabular method. Inbreeding and inbreeding depression. Prediction of breeding values. Case studies on the use of predicted breeding values and development of mating plans. Response to selection. Pathways of selection. Correlated selection response and indirect selection. Multiple-trait selection. Gene-assisted , marker-assisted and genomic selection. Crossbreeding and production of commercial crossbred animals. Breeding against hereditary diseases in the purebred dog. Genetic
disorders and recessive defects in horses.
Practicals. Breeds of livestock detection. Computer lab on the application of the tabular method for computation of additive genetic relationships and inbreeding. Computer lab on the prediction of breeding values. Use of predicted breeding values and development of mating plans.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Direct room teaching activity and exercises on genetic improvement of animals: breeds of livestock detection; computer lab on the application of the tabular method for computation of additive genetic relationships and inbreeding; computer lab on the prediction of breeding values; use of predicted breeding values and development of mating plans.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The presence of students during direct teaching activities and exercises are strictly recommended in order to acquire the material presented during lectures and exercises. The lecturer will allow the students to access the material through appropriate on line instruments.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Bittante, I. Andrighetto, M. Ramanzin, Tecniche di produzione animale. --: Liviana, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Bittante, I. Andrighetto, M. Ramanzin, Fondamenti Di Zootecnica. --: Liviana, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Pagnacco, Genetica animale applicata. --: Ambrosiana, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group

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

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