The contents of the Zoology course are as follows:
Evolution of life and animal biodiversity (2 hours)
Darwinian approach, evolution, phylogeny and hierarchical classification, domains and kingdoms of life (4 hours)
Species, systematic and cellular classification and organization (3 hours)
Meaning and mechanisms of reproduction, gametogenesis and animal development (3 hours)
Support, protection, movement (3 hours)
Breathing, circulation, excretion (3 hours)
Digestion and nutrition (3 hours)
Nervous system, sense organs and endocrine system (2 hours)
Origins of eukaryotes, protists and protozoans (3 hours)
The origin of multicellularity (3 hours)
Radiata (Cnidaria and Ctenophora) (2 hours)
Acelomati (Platelminti, Nemertini, Gnatostomulidi) (2 hours)
Pseudocellomas (Rotifera, Acanthocephala, Gastrotricha, Nematoda, Nematomorpha) (2 hours)
Celcomas (Molluscs, Anellides, Arthropods) (10 hours)
Deuterostomies (Echinodermata and Emichordata, Chordata) (10 hours)
The following topics will also be treated as seminars by prof. Maurizio Brivio:
Implication of cell biology in scientific topics of environmental interest (eg biological control) (12 hours)
Cell death (necrosis and apoptosis) (4 hours)
Stem cells and cloning (8 hours)
C.P. Hickman, Jr. S. Roberts, S.L. Keen, D.J. Eisenhour, A. Larson, H. L'Anson (2016). Fondamenti di Zoologia. McGraw – Hill
C.P. Hickman Jr., L.S. Roberts, S.L. Keen, D.J. Eisenhour, A. Larson H. L'Anson (2016). Diversità animale. McGraw - Hill
F. Harvey Pough, Christine M. Janis, John B. Heiser (2014). Zoologia dei vertebrati. Pearson
Pdf files of each lesson available on-line (Insubria e-learning web site).
Frontal lessons with exercises. The purpose of the exercises is to develop analytical and understanding skills with regard to specific skills acquisition, assessing the resolution of specific zoological problems, particularly on structure and function and on systematic features.
The teacher in charge is always available, subject to the arrangement of an appointment by e-mail.
At students request, the teacher will use the first part of a lecture to clarify or elaborate on previous lectures topics. It is also possible to ask for elucidations during the lectures.
The use of the e-learning platform (forums, glossaries) is highly recommended to share among students any requested issue.