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SC01109615, 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
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ZOOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
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 LUCIO BONATO BIO/05
Other lecturers CLELIA GASPARINI BIO/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/05 Zoology 12.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 3.0 48 27.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 20/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 ZOOLOGIA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 BONATO LUCIO (Presidente)
GASPARINI CLELIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: There are no specific knowledge or skills required to follow this course. No prerequisite courses are required.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge:
- core concepts of Organismic Biology;
- major characteristics of Metazoa including development and reproduction, morphology and anatomy, ecology and behaviour;
- animal biodiversity, with specific focus on major animal groups of Metazoa and their evolutionary relationships
Examination methods: Two assessments: one regarding the first semester’s topics (Dr L. Bonato) and one regarding the second semester’s topics (Dr C. Gasparini). Both assessments are written and are based on topics explained in class.

To pass this course (≥18) the student must pass both assessments (i.e. each one ≥18). The overall mark is calculated as the weighted average of the two assessments, based on the relative weight of the two parts of the course (0.6 for the first assessment and 0.4 for the second assessment).
Assessment criteria: The assessment will evaluate the level of comprehension of the course topics, and specifically the accuracy of the acquired knowledge and the critical analysis of concepts.
Course unit contents: Fundaments of Zoology:
- core concepts of Organismic Biology: living organism, development, reproduction, sexuality, biological cycle, species;
- evolutionary approach to Zoology and major evolutionary mechanisms: natural selection, sexual selection, speciation, coevolution, genetic drift.
- classification of living organisms: principles, methods, conventions;
- major characteristics of Metazoa: tissue types, major systems (integument, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, sensory organs), development modes, reproductive strategies, types of movements, behaviour;

Animal diversity:
- anatomy, reproductive strategies, life cycles and ecological aspects of the major groups of living Metazoa: Poriferans – Cnidarians and Ctenophores – Platyhelminths – Nematodes – Rotifers – Molluscs – Annelids – Arthropods (Chelicerates, Myriapods, Crustaceans, Insects) – Vertebrates (Agnates, Chondrichthyes, Actinopterygii, Amphibians, Chelonians, Lepidosaurs, Crocodiles, Birds, Mammals);
- other groups of Metazoa; major groups of protozoa;
- phylogenesis and modern classification of living Metazoa.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is divided in two semesters:
- first semester (lecturer: L. Bonato);
- second semester (Lecturer: C. Gasparini).

The course (12 CFU) includes both lectures in class (72 hours) and laboratory activities (48 hours).
In the first semester there are 48 hours of lectures and 16 hours of laboratory activities, while in the second semester (5 CFU) there are 24 hours of lectures and 32 hours of laboratory activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Individual study will be based on the contents of the lectures. The powerpoint slides in PDF used in lectures will be available on the online platform e-learning.
In addition, links and how to access papers, further useful documents, and web resources will be provided during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hickman, C.P. et al., Zoologia. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2016. Sedicesima edizione 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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