cod. 1000100

Academic year 2012/13
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Biologia applicata (BIO/13)
Scienze biomediche
Type of training activity
8 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
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Integrated course unit module: BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Learning objectives

The aim of this course is to give the student the ability to:
- acquire the basic principles of biological sciences and methods.
- learn and apply an evolutionary logic and perspective to interpreting the biological phenomena at different levels of organization (molecular, cellular, organismic)
- understand the correlation between structure and function at the different organizational levels.
- Acquire a biological perspective to the analysis of human behavior
- Appraise the implication of human evolution for the bio-medical research


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Course unit content

1. The Nature of science and biology: methods and organizing concepts. The unifying principle of biology: The Theory of Evolution. Darwinian Medicine. Origins and evolution of life on Earth
2. Cell Biology. Procaryotic and Eucaryotic cell. The cell cycle and reproduction: mitosis and meiosis. Male and female gametogenesis and their hormonal regulation. Evolution, consequences and adaptive significance of sexual reproduction.
3. The modern evolutionary synthesis.. Microevolution and its causes. The origin of species. Macroevolution and Phylogeny. Evolution of Vertebrates: an overview. Primates, Early Anthropoids, Australopitecines and the genus Homo: the evolution of bipedal locomotion.

Full programme

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Solomon et al., Biology,

Teaching methods


Assessment methods and criteria

written exam

Other information

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