57113 - Applied Biology

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student is expected to reach a basic knowledge about main cellular functions, which are related to cell structure. The student will also understand the basis of human reproduction and of heredity

Course contents

1- PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY

Concept of living being and properties
Biological role of elements

2- THE CELL


The cellular doctrine.

Prokariotic and eukariotic cells.
Shape, size and structure of the eukaryotic cell; the plasma membrane; the cytoplasm; intracellular membrane system: rough and smooth endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, lysosome, peroxisome; the nucleus: DNA, chromatine and chromosomes; the mitochondria; the ribosomes; the cytoskeleton: actin filaments, intermediate filaments and microtubules

3- CELL DIVISION

Cell cycle, DNA duplication

Mitosis

Meiosis

Spermatogenesis, ovogenesis

4-THE GENETIC INFORMATION

DNA. The human genome; the eukaryotic gene; gene expression: transcription, genetic code and traslation.

Regulation of gene expression

5- GENETIC MUTATIONS

Readings/Bibliography

Biology

Solomon X Edition

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures

Assessment methods

Written test (multiple choice and/or open questions)

Teaching tools

Detailed program, suggested books and any additional material will be provided via Moodle

Office hours

See the website of Allison Piovesan