Animal morphology and physiology (basic course)

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with the knowledge on the structure and function of vertebrate tissues and apparatuses and to deepen those aspects of animal morphology and physiology (mainly of mammals), which constitute an important biological basis for the cultural training of operators in the food field.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the students will be able to use the specific cognitive elements of animal morphology and physiology to establish comparisons and face problems concerning the production and transformation of food of animal origin using an appropriate technical and biological language.
Course syllabus and organization

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Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
ANIMAL TISSUE: Basics of Epithelial tissue. Connective tissue (adipose ct and energy storage; bone and Ca metabolism). Muscular tissue: white and red skeletal cell. Basics of Nervous tissue and system. LOCOMOTOR APPARATUS. CIRCULATORY APPARATUS. RESPIRATORY APPARATUS. DIGESTIVE APPARATUS: only morphology and physiology of liver and pancreas. EXCRETORY APPARATUS. MALE and FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE APPARATUS. MORPHOLOGY OF THE MAMMARY GLAND AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE LACTATION. Basilar differences between APPARATUSES IN BIRD AND FISH and in terrestrial mammals. PRACTICALS: use of the optical microscope for histology and of the spectrophotometer for the determination of some blood compounds. Osteology and myology and meat cuts. CLASSIFICATION OF ANIMALS: Porifera, Cnidaria, Annelida, Arthropoda, Mollusca, Chordata-Vertebrata (Fish, Birds, Mammals). Biology of seafood.
Prerequisites for admission
basic knowledge of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and animal biology
Teaching methods
classroom lessons and lab practicals
Teaching Resources
1) Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals
Anna Dee Fails, Christianne Magee
Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 9781119239710, 2018
2) Junqueira's basic histology: text and atlas
Anthony L. Mescher
McGraw-Hill Education, EAN 9780071780339, 2013
Assessment methods and Criteria
written test with 5 open questions and 10 multiple choice questions to ascertain the level of acquisition of the discipline and the ability to express concepts with adequate scientific language, followed by a final oral exam to correct any errors
VET/01 - VETERINARY ANATOMY - University credits: 4
Practicals: 8 hours
Lessons: 28 hours
Professor: Rosi Fabia
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