The course aims to provide the basics of animal biology with particular regard to ecological, methodological and terminological aspects related to the role and impact of animal biodiversity in agroecosystems. To achieve the objectives, the course will deal with the concepts underlying the mechanisms and processes of the evolution and origin of diversity, animal biodiversity, living communities (ecosystems and agroecosystems) and inefficiencies and ecosystem services, the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity, as well as good practices for the protection of animal biodiversity in agroecosystems and associated services.
Taking into account the Dublin Indicators (DI) for Teaching, the Course will allow the student to:
- Acquire the fundamentals of the methods and purposes of scientific research in general and zoological research in particular applied to agroecosystems (ID: Knowledge and understanding; Making judgments).
- To tackle the study of the bases of animal biology and biodiversity with an ecological-evolutionary-adaptive approach. Acquire the methodological and basic principles that will allow to face more easily some courses of the following years in which there will be references to basic biology and ecology (ID: Knowledge and understanding).
- Identify connections among studied topics and linking them to basic or similar disciplines (DI: Learning skills; Making judgments).