cod. 12882

Academic year 2020/21
1° year of course - First semester
- Alessandra MORI
Academic discipline
Zoologia (BIO/05)
Discipline biologiche
Type of training activity
72 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to transfer to the student the bases of Biology which are necessary to understand the principles of Zoology. The student will be provided by the instruments in order to describe animal structure and function and to know the main animal taxa (both invertebrates and vertebrates). The student will be able to recognise the animal kingdom as an essential part of wider system.
In particular the student will be able to:
D1: Knowledge and understanding. To understand the structure, the substructure and the properties of animal cells and tissues, the structure, the morphogenesis, the adaptations, the classification and the phylogenesis of the main animal taxa, the main functions of animals and their intra- and interspecific intercations.
D2: Applying knowledge and understanding. To utilize the specific language and the zoological nomenclature, to recognize the main animal tissues and the most common animal taxa.
D3: Making judgements. To be able to judge the didactics.
D5: Learning skills. To be able to relate the treated arguments. To acquire a methodology of study wich allows the prosecution of the universitary formation. To acquire the skills necessary for the professional activities after the degree.


Elementary concepts of Biology usually acquired in secondary school courses.

Course unit content

After the introduction to the origin of life, the aim of this course is to examine the cell and the main functional systems of animals. The second part concerns the survival strategies of animal species. In particular, the main topics are the reproduction, the evolution and the animal behaviour. The last part concerns the diversity of animal kingdom, from invertebrates to vertebrates.

Full programme

Life molecules.
Origin of life.
The cell.
The cellular division, reproduction and development.
Structure and functions of animals.
The evolution.
Animal behaviour.
Classification and phylogenesis of animals.


Hickmann CP et al. - Zoologia, 2020 (18a Edizione or previous versions) - Ed. McGraw-Hill

All the didactic material uploaded on-line on Elly Portal

Teaching methods

Frontal and practical lessons in presence with audio/video support material to examin specific examples.
Following the Covid-19 emergency, the lessons will be presented also via streaming and recorded in order to be later accessible. The access to the records will be possible through the Elly page of the course.
Didactic materials (slides, papers and other files) utilised during the lessons will be upload on Elly Portal before the beginning of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral test. The written test (duration: 1 hour) consists of three open questions to verify the theoric knowledge and the ability of its application by the student. The oral test aims to evaluate the learned knowledges and the ability to make links among the spefic topics. The student is allowed to the oral test only after a positive mark in the written one calculated according to the total value obtained from the three questions. The result of the written test is published on-line on Esse3 Portal with the information for the vision of the composition after the correction. The final mark is mean the results obtained in written and oral tests and it is communicated directly at the end of the oral examination. The on-line registration to attend the exam is mandatory.
Followin the Covid-19 emergency and in accordance with the guide lines of the University of Parma, the tests could be done remotely through Teams platform

Other information

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