Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene (Verona)

Biomolecular fondamentals of life - BIOLOGIA APPLICATA

Course code
Name of lecturer
Maria Scupoli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Lezioni CLID VERONA 1 anno 1 SEMESTRE dal Oct 7, 2019 al Dec 20, 2019.

To show the organization of the course that includes this module, follow this link * Course organization

Lesson timetable

Go to lesson schedule

Learning outcomes

The course aims at:
- providing the basic knowledge of structural, functional and molecular of living organisms;
- providing the basic knowledge of genetics and the transmission mode of hereditable characters in humans.

Fundamental objective of the course is provide students with basic knowledge of human biology and the general mechanisms of molecular and cell biology.

At the end of the course, the student must demonstrate to have acquired scientific terminology and knowledge useful to critically understand fundamental biology, also in relationship with the status of human health.


General characteristics of living organisms.
- Life macromolecules: DNA, RNA.
- Cell structure and function: general characteristics, subcellular components. Plasma membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus.
- The molecular basis of hereditary information. DNA characteristics. DNA replication.
- Gene expression. Genetic code, transcription, translation.
- Mutations: types and effects. Spontaneous mutations. Mutagenesis by chemical and physical agents.
- Genome Organization.
- Chromatin: composition and structure.
- Chromosomes: structural patterns, karyotype, anomalies.
- The cell cycle. Mitosis
- Sexual and meiosis reproduction. Gametogenesis.
- Genetics. Transmission of hereditary characters, Mendel's laws. Genotype and phenotype, autosomal and sex-related inheritance.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Donati Stefani Taddei Biologia & Genetica Zanichelli 2019
Reece Urry Cain Wasserman Minorsky Jackson Campbell Biologia e Genetica (Edizione 1) Pearson 2015 9788865189320
Bonaldo, Crisafulli, D'Angelo, Francolini, Grimaudo, Rinaldi, Riva, Romanelli Elementi di Biologia e Genetica EdiSES 2019
Sadava, Hillis, Craig Heller, Hacker Elementi di Biologia e Genetica (Edizione 5) Zanichelli 2019

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning outcomes envisages a written test that potentially covers all the topics listed in the program.
Items are formulated as multiple answer questions and open answer questions. The answer to each item requires knowledge of biological terminology, ability to systematically connect knowledge of biology and genetic molecules, ability to describe and exemplify biological structures.
The exam consists of a written test, structured as follows: - 16 multiple choice questions, each with four possible answers. Each correct answer scores 1.5 points. - 2 open questions, to be briefly answered in a limited space. Each open answer is worth 5 points. The script has a duration of 75 minutes.
The examination will be validated with a minimum score of 18/30.

© 2002 - 2020  Verona University
Via dell'Artigliere 8, 37129 Verona  |  P. I.V.A. 01541040232  |  C. FISCALE 93009870234
Statistics  |  Credits