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BOTANY AND LABORATORY

CODE 80813
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 10 cfu during the 1st year of 8762 SCIENZE BIOLOGICHE (L-13) - GENOVA
  • LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites (for future units)
    This unit is a prerequisite for:
    • Biological Sciences 8762 (coorte 2022/2023)
    • MYCOLOGY 84462
    • PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 57288
    MODULES This unit is composed by:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Botany studies the various aspects of plant life, including the plant cell, the different levels of organization, the morphological and anatomical structure of plants, developmental and reproductive mechanisms, highlighting the relationships between structure and function. It also deals with plant diversity in natural environments, illustrating the evolutionary lines and plant taxa, with particular reference to terrestrial plants.

    Course organization

    The module (10 CFU) is subdivided into two parts each provided by laboratory and field experiences (4 + 1 CFU each). The final examination and evaluation of the two parts are cumulative.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Knowledge and understanding       

    The module has the following learning goals:

    • main notions about plant cell, the anatomical plant tissues and structure in the various groups;
    • information about developmental mechanisms and the organization of vegetal organisms;
    • knowledge about different propagation modes and the reproduction of plant organisms, especially in Angiosperms;
    • deepening on evolutionary lines and botanical nomenclature rules;
    • definition of taxonomic groups, including the characteristics of the main families of the Italian Flora;
    • understanding of the meaning and value of biodiversity.

    Competences and skills

    Specifically, the student will be able to:

    • explain and describe plant structure and function, with particular reference to terrestrial plants;
    • apply methods of histological and anatomical investigations of plant tissues and organs;
    • compare the reproductive cycles of the main plant taxonomic groups;
    • describe the structure and functions of reproductive organs of spermatophytes;
    • distinguish the main taxonomic groups of plant kingdom;
    • identify the main Angiosperm families and their use in daily human activities;
    • use the dichotomous recognition keys for spermatophytes identification;
    • describe the floral characteristics with floral diagram and formulas.

    PREREQUISITES

    Students are required to have a basic knowledge of cytology.

    
     

    TEACHING METHODS

    Frontal or/and on-line lectures plus final on-line tests (60 h)

    Experiments in Laboratory or/and on-line (16 h)

    On the field experiences (16 h)

    Please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the teaching due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    LAURA CORNARA (President)

    MARIA GUERRINA

    PAOLA MALASPINA

    LUIGI MINUTO (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Examination methods

    Due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation, please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the module.

    During June and July calls, the examination includes a written test in the form of a pre-selection test (online or in a computer room), which is useful for access to the oral examination. The test will cover topics from both modules: general botany, systematic botany, and related laboratory exercises. The oral examination involves the recognition of an anatomical image and the discussion of a small herbarium, but covering all the topics of the program. The pre-selection test evaluations are valid for the summer session only (June, July and September) of the current academic year.

    From September onwards, students who do not take or fail the pre-selection test by July must take an oral examination on the complete syllabus.

    Evaluation matrix

     

    Test

    Oral

    Herb.

    Weighted value

    50

    45

    5

    explain and describe plant structure and function

    X

     

     

    apply methods of histological and anatomical investigations of plant tissues and organs

    X

     

     

    compare the reproductive cycles of main plant taxonomic groups

    X

    X

     

    describe structure and functions of reproductive organs in spermatophytes

    X

    X

    X

    distinguish the main taxonomic groups

     

    X

     

    identify the main Angiosperm families

     

     

    X

    use the dichotomous recognition keys

     

     

    X

    use floral diagram and formulas

     

     

    X

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The written/oral exams will aim to assess not only if the student has reached an adequate level of knowledge, but also if he has acquired the ability to link structure and functions in plants.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    24/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    26/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    19/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    26/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    19/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Frequency is strongly recommended. Attendance at the theoretical course (Plant Biol. and Systematic Bot.) will be sometimes monitored in order to check the interest to the course. To take the final written test of the Laboratory it is essential to attend classes at least 75%