The aim of the course is to give the student the basis of animal life organization at the level of molecules, cells, tissues and organisms. Correlation between structures and functions. Environment adaptation: nutrients and energy cycles, homeostasis. Principal concepts of developmental biology and environmental related evolutionary developmental biology. Information will be given about the morpho-functional aspects of the most important phyla in the animal kingdom, with emphasis about phyla of agriculture interest as Anellida, Mollusca, Arthropoda and Chordata (Vertebrates), in addition elements about the small phyla will be furnished, to have a comprehensive picture of the matter, with focus on different basic structure of animal organisms. The student will gain a comprehensive vision of Zoological disciplines, in the framework of the evolutionary theory , together the basic ideas about the different schools concerning the classification of the animal kingdom. A special attention will be given to the ecosystem approach, in the framework of the development of a sustainable agriculture. A relevant objective of the lessons will be to furnish materials for a correct management of agriculture systems, concerning production and protection, with this purpose the basic knowledge about the relations between animals and the other living creatures will be furnished (symbiosis, competition, parasitism, predation).
Expected learning outcomes
Principles of animal biology and embryology, the theory and practice of animal classification and identification.
Lesson period: First semester
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The aim of the course is to provide a basic zoological preparation for a correct learning of the teachings that will be given in the following years. Information will be given on the morpho-functional aspects of the main animal types, with particular reference to the types of main agricultural interest, such as Anellids, Molluscs, Arthropods, Cordati (Vertebrates), with hints also to minor types, in order to provide a complete training framework, focusing attention on the comparison of the different constitutive plans present in the Animal Kingdom. The student will be given an overview, within the framework of evolutionary theory, as well as the essential principles of animal classification theories. Particular attention will be given to give students, in the perspective of sustainability, an ecosystemic vision of the problems, since the aim of the course is to provide elements for a proper management of agricultural systems in aspects concerning production and protection, it is essential that basic knowledge about the relationships between animals and other living beings (symbiosis, competition, parasitism, predation) is provided.
Prerequisites for admission
the knowledge to deal with the animal biology course includes the principles of organic and inorganic chemistry and physics.
frontal lessons and field trips
Biologia. E. P. Solomon, C. E. Martin, D. W. Martin, L. R. Berg. EDISES Eserciziario di Biologia Animale Audisio, De Biase, Nicoletti, Scarì EDISES Biologia S.L. Wolfe - P.J. Russell - P.E. Hertz - C. Starr - B. McMillan EDISES and papers on server 220.127.116.11 which the student can access with a password provided during the course
Assessment methods and Criteria
the assessment criterion is based on the verification of knowledge acquired through a written task including open-ended questions in order to give the possibility to describe animal development apparatus or models