Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
Matricole dispari
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on SPORTS SCIENCE
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Year of study: 
First Semester



Course description

o Knowledge and understanding
The student has to learn the basic structure of life, cell biology, molecular biology and the basic genetics.
o Applying knowledge and understanding
The student’ll apply knowledge to:
1. identify the structure and the function of cell and sub-cellular organelles
2. integrate knowledge
3. the comprehension of complex molecular mechanisms and of intra- and inter- specie cell to cell communications
4. the next courses in biological- and medical-related disciplines.

o Making judgements
The student has to gain the skills to select the appropriate scientific sources in order to make correct data integration and interpretation. At the end of the course, he’ll be able to easily identify and compare different cell structures, to explain their functions and the corresponding molecular mechanisms.
o Communication
The student has to explain knowledge using a proper scientific language, thus demonstrating a full comprehension of the course topics.
o Lifelong learning skills
The student has to develop the appropriate learning method in order to easily improve and upgrade his skills/knowledge




Molecules of biological interest:
• H2O molecule, structure and properties
• Organic macromolecules
• Lipids: structure and functions
• Glucids: structure and functions
• Proteins: structure and functions
• Nucleic acids: structure and functions

• Enzymes, structure and function
• ATP, synthesis and functions

Cells:Structure and function
• The prokariotyc cell
• The eukaryotic cell

Eukaryotic cell
• Plasma membrane
• Membranes transport mechanisms
• Endomembrane system: structure and functions of RER, REL, Golgi apparatus, lysosome, peroxisome
• Ribosomes
• Mitochondria
• Cell nucleus

Flow of information:
• DNA duplication
• Transcription
• Protein Synthesis
Cell communication:
• The cytoskeleton
• Receptors
• Signal transduction
• Paracrine and autocrine communication
• Endocrine and neuroendocrine signaling

The cell cycle:
• G0, G1, S, G2, M phases
• Mitosis
• Cell cycle regulation

Sexuality reproduction and development:
• Asexual reproduction
• Sexual reproduction
• Meiosis
• spermatogenesis and ovogenesis

• Infections modality
• Lytic cycle
• Lysogenic cycle

• The concept of gene
• The genome organization
• The chromatin structure

Basic genetic concepts
• Chromosomes
• Mendelian Inheritance
• X and Y-linked Inheritance
• DNA Mutations

Cell Biology: 2 ECTS
Molecular biology: 2 ECTS
Genetics: 2 ECTS

General course content
1. The properties of life
2. The molecular composition of cells
3. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell, structure, properties, differences and comparison
4. The flow of genetic information
5. Mitotic and Meiotic cell cycle, reproduction and development
6. Genetics

Teaching Methods

teacher-centred lessons


• Solomon, Berg, Martin Elementi di biologia Edizione: EdiSES

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Learning assessment

Oral examination

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