Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics

Applied Biology

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Maria Scupoli, Monica Mottes
Maria Scupoli
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LEZIONI 2° SEMESTRE 1° 2° -3°-4°-5°-6° ANNO dal Feb 15, 2021 al May 28, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

To offer the basic knowledge of human biology in an evolutionary perspective, underlying the molecular and cellular processes shared by all living organisms. To encourage students to critically evaluate experimental data by illustrating prime experiments of the past and contemporary biology. To describe the following processes: duplication, transmission, expression of the hereditary information; how changes arise To describe the hierarchy of master genes involved in tooth development and their interactions. To offer an updated information about the recombinant DNA technology and its applications to dentistry To teach the genetic bases of inherited diseases and how to interpret their modes of transmission To illustrate in particular various genetic conditions affecting dental health. At the end of the course, students must demonstrate to have gotten acquainted with basic knowledge of cellular functions, cell reproduction, cell-cell interactions, organism-to –organism interactions and organisms-to-environment interactions. They must also demonstrate to know how genetic traits are transmitted (mendelian and post-mendelian genetics, population genetics). They should be able to recognize inheritance patterns of genetic disorders, in particular those involving teeth development and structure. All these notions are a pre-requisite for further in depth studies , which will be undertaken by the students in subsequent courses.


Lessons will be delivered in the online mode, in streaming and recorded in the Moodle platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam of the Biology module is performed as written test fo both the modules of Biology and Genetics. The final evaluation takes into account the evaluation of each module.
The written test 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 and ability to systematically connect knowledge of Biology and Genetics.
The examination will be validated with a minimum score of 18/30.
The overall evaluation of the answers to the questions is expressed in thirty/30.

The exam is held in person. In any case, for the year 2020-2021 the remote modality is guaranteed for all students who request it.

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