Final exam

A.Y. 2021/2022
Learning objectives
The educational objective of the final exam - which includes the development of an experimental research project, the subsequent drafting of a written dissertation and its presentation and critical discussion - is to provide students with a thorough and concrete understanding of the scientific method in the biological field and its practical application to ecological and evolutionary problems or related to the study of the adaptations of living organisms and biodiversity.
Expected learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the activities related with the final exam, the student must have acquired the ability to investigate a scientific problem, to design an experimental strategy to address it, to carry out the planned experimental activities and to interpret the results. The student, thanks to the laboratory and / or field activities carried out, preferably in the context of the activities of a research group, or followed by one or more researchers, must have acquired critical judgment skills of the obtained results. Thanks to the writing, the presentation and the discussion of the dissertation, the student will have acquired the ability to contextualize the results of an experimental research in the biological field, to effectively communicate biological knowledge of ecological and evolutionary nature in written and oral form, as well as to continue, during its future activity, the study of emerging problems connected with the study of organisms in an evolutionary and ecological key.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

In relation to the procedures for carrying out the final exam for the 2021/2022 Academic Year, more specific indications will be given in the coming months, based on the evolution of the health situation.
Course syllabus
Not applicable
Prerequisites for admission
To be admitted to the final exam, the student must:
- have achieved 75 ECTS in the exams required by the study manifesto and included in the study plan, including 3 ECTS required for knowledge of the English language;
- have completed the internship for the preparation of the degree thesis and have drawn up the final written thesis.
Teaching methods
As specified above, admission to the final exam requires the preparation of a thesis reporting the results of the activities carried out during the internship. In carrying out the internship activities and in the preparation of the thesis, the student is followed by a teacher who plays the role of supervisor. Additional "tutors" could be involved.
Teaching Resources
Bibliographic documentation and further texts / sources useful for carrying out the experimental activities and writing the thesis.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The assessment will take place through a revision of the written thesis and an oral presentation, ideally supported by the presentation of slides, of the activities carried out during the internship and the results achieved. The attribution of the degree score involves the evaluation of:
- Methodological rigor of the investigations carried out during the internship.
- Quality of the written thesis.
- Clarity and presentation capacity.
- University credits: 45
Individual study and practice: 0 hours