BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY

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Code
72719
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
1 credits during the 1st year of 9288 DIETETIC STUDIES (L/SNT3) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9281 PHYSIOTHERAPY (L/SNT2) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9282 SPEECH-LANGUAGE DISORDERS (L/SNT2) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9283 ORTHOPTIC STUDIES AND OPHTHALMOLOGICAL ASSISTANCE (L/SNT2) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9284 PODOLOGY (L/SNT2) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9286 PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION TECHNIQUE (L/SNT2) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9287 THERAPY OF MOTOR DISABILITY IN THE PEDIATRIC AGE (L/SNT2) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9289 DENTAL HYGIENE (L/SNT3) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9291 Cardiocirculatory and Cardiovascular Perfusion techniques (L/SNT3) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9293 BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES (L/SNT3) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9294 MEDICAL RADIOLOGY, IMAGING AND RADIOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES (L/SNT3) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9297 ORTHOPAEDIC TECHNIQUES (L/SNT3) GENOVA

1 credits during the 1st year of 9298 PREVENTION TECHNIQUES IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE WORKPLACE (L/SNT4) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/13
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (DIETETIC STUDIES)
semester
1° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:

OVERVIEW

This course provides a basic outline of molecular and cellular biology, of the functional mechanisms of nuclear biomolecular processes, from the management of the genetic information to the generation of specialized cell types, with a focus on pathologies associated with malfunctioning of these processes (cancer, specific hereditary diseases)

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aim of this course is

-To provide students with a knowledge of the basic principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as the ability to analyze biological problems regarding the same topics.

-To acquire knowledge of: a) the mechanisms that rule the transmission and expression of genetic information; b) the structure and the functional organization of the cell, with a focus on the eukaryotic cell; c) the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the proliferation and differentiation of the eukaryotic cells

Teaching methods

The course consists of 10 hours of classroom lessons on all topics of the program .

The last part of each lesson  is dedicated to solving simple biology questions.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Molecular biology:

Chemical composition and structure of  DNA
DNA replication: molecular mechanisms
DNA repair mechanisms
Transcription of RNA: molecular mechanisms
Messenger RNA and its maturation in eukaryotes
Ribosomal RNA and ribosomes
Molecular structure of genes and proteins
General characteristics of the genetic code
Translation: molecular mechanisms

Proteins: chemical-physical characteristics and structure

 

Cellular Biology:

Cell cycle in eukaryotes
Cell proliferation and control mechanisms (growth factors, receptors, oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes)
Development and differentiation in multicellular eukaryotes and related mechanisms (homeotic genes)
Similarities and differences between viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

All the topics covered in class can be found in the ”aula web” slides.

 

https://www.aulaweb.unige.it

 

Any other more in-depth material is mentioned at the end of the lesson in the “aula web” slides and described in the following textbooks

-Sadava – «Elementi di biologia e genetica»

-Hills – «Elementi di biologia e genetica»

-De Leo – «Biologia e genetica»

-Raven-Johnson - « Genetica e Biologia molecolare,»

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Office hours for students are normally set on Thursdays from 09:00 to 11:00. The office address is: Biology Section, Dept. Experimental Medicine, entrance: Via Pastore 3 or  C.so Europa 30, second floor. E-mail appointments are strongly encouraged. The teacher's e mail address is the following: paolo.giannoni@unige.it. Alternatively the teacher can be reached at the following phone number: 01035338201.

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: sveva.bollini@unige.it  

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: sveva.bollini@unige.it  

Exam Board

WILLIAM BRUNO (President)

PAOLA GHIORZO (President)

ROBERTO RAVAZZOLO

GABRIELLA PIATTI

EMILIA BELLONE

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course consists of 10 hours of classroom lessons on all topics of the program .

The last part of each lesson  is dedicated to solving simple biology questions.

EXAMS

Exam description

Written test (10 multiple choice questions) for the Biology section.)
The examination for the integrated course  is made up of a single written exam for the 4 sub-sections (10 multiple choice questions for each module). In order to pass the examination athe student has to reach a mark of at least 24/40 (18/30).

The total amount of time allowed for the examination is 60 minutes.
Students enrolled in other universities or other degree courses who are only required to sit for some of the sub-sections  must achieve an average mark of at least 6, 12 or 18, depending on the number  of modules.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed ­by a final exam alone which aims to ensure that they have actually reached the required level of knowledge.

In order to pass the examination and to reach a mark of at least 18/30,  the students must prove their knowledge on :
 

a) the mechanisms that rule the transmission and the expression of the genetic information;

b) the structure and the functional organization of the cell, with a focus on eukaryotic cells;

c) the cellular and molecular mechanism of proliferation and differentiation of the eukaryotic cell

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students must make an appointment to talk to professors(e-mail, phone).