57113 - Applied Biology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student should know: the organization and the main molecular mechanisms of eukariotic cells; the organization of genetic information, its transmission and expression; the reproduction of cells and organisms.

Course contents


Properties of living organisms; cellular theory; prokaryotes and eukaryotes.


Shape, size and structure of eukaryotic cells; plasma membrane: structure and permeability; the cytoplasm; the nucleus: DNA, chromatin, chromosomes, genome and karyotype; ribosomes: structure and function, the system of intracellular membranes: structure and function of smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum, the Golgi apparatus, the lysosome; mitochondria: structure and inheritance; the cytoskeleton and its ability to define the cell shape and movement: microtubules, intermediate filaments and microfilaments.

The structure of DNA; the eukaryotic gene; DNA replication; gene expression information: DNA transcription, maturation of primary transcripts, the genetic code, translation, post-translational modifications and final destination of proteins; gene regulation; gene and chromosomal mutations.

The cell division: cell cycle; mitosis; meiosis and human reproduction.


Suggested Books:


- Elementi di biologia

Eldra P. Solomon, Charles E. Martin, Diana W. Martin

ottava edizione italiana


- Campbell Biologia e genetica

Lisa A. Urry - Michael L. Cain - Steven A. Wasserman - Peter V. Minorsky - Rebecca B. Orr - Neil A. Campbell

dodicesima edizione

Pearson • Con Pearson eText

- Elementi di biologia e genetica

David Sadava, David M. Hillis, H. Craig Heller, Sally Hacker

quinta edizione italiana (libro multimediale)


- Elementi di biologia e genetica

Bonaldo P. et al.

prima edizione


Testo per eventuali approfondimenti:

- Fondamenti di biologia

E. P. Solomon, C. E. Martin, D. W. Martin, L. R. Berg

settima edizione italiana


Teaching methods

Lectures with ppt slides.

Assessment methods

Final oral examination of biology and biochemistry.

The student to pass the examination will be sufficient in all subjects of the course (biochemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology).

The final score will be the average of the results obtained in the individual subjects of the course.

Teaching tools

Use of computer to show scientific videos and to present the lecture. Students will be provided with ppt slides (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/federica.facchin2/).

Office hours

See the website of Federica Facchin