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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

Genetics as central subject in the study of Biology has unified all biological sciences by revealing the uniformity of hereditary systems.

 Genetics explains the processes of biological evolution as a change in allele frequencies, since genetic diversity is one of the basic levels of biodiversity. The understanding of the genetic dynamics of the populations is fundamental for theirs study and conservation. Gene-environment interactions (nature/nurture) explain the forms and characteristics of living organisms.

 In addition, Genetics has a remarkable influence in our society:

 - Modern society depends on Genetics, through the improvement of crop plants and farm animals.

 - Genetics is of great importance in medicine, since a good number of diseases have a genetic basis

 - Genetics affects the vision that we have of the world, our relations with the organic world and the rest of the universe.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)



Generic Degree Course Competences

  • CG1 : Develop capacity for analysis, synthesis and critical reasoning.
  • CG10 : Develop knowledge-based critical attitudes.
  • CG3 : Solve problems effectively.
  • CG4 : Show capacity for teamwork.


Specific Competences:>>Theoretical

  • CE6 : Understand the mechanisms of heredity and foundations of genetic improvement.
  • CE7 : Understand evolutionary mechanisms and models.
  • CE8 : Understand and know the genetic foundations of diversity.


Specific Competences:>>Ability

  • CE30 : Interpret, evaluate, process and synthesis Biological data and information.




Specific Competences:>>Theoretical

  • CE1 : Possess a basic understanding of molecular structure, genetics, cell organisation and the evolutionary processes of living beings.
  • CE10 : Understand the different adaptations (morphological, physical, conduct) of living beings in the marine environment.
  • CE7 : Understand the structural and functional organisation of marine organisms and their biological diversity.
  • CE8 : Understand the basic principles of ecology, the structure and function of ecosystems, developing it for the marine and coastal environment.


Specific Competences:>>Ability

  • CE20 : Show knowledge and understanding of inductive and deductive methods, the elaboration of hypotheses and experimental design.
  • CE23 : Know how to work on oceanographic campaigns and in the laboratory in a responsible and safe manner, encouraging teamwork.
  • CE26 : Acquire the ability to design, process information, draft and execute projects related with marine and coastal environments.
  • CE31 : Prepare, present and defend scientific texts and reports both in writing and orally to an audience.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

Subject objectives/competences

To understand the basic mechanisms of inheritance, genetic variability, biodiversity and evolution.

To construct and interpret chromosome maps.

To apply the scientific method in the context of Genetics.


 To learn how to solve problems of Genetics.

To get familiar with techniques for genetic analysis as well as the application of statistical methods in the analysis of genetic information

 To learn the correct use of a set of instruments in the Genetics laboratory

 To be able to analyse and value the information obtained from genetic experiments

 To know and assess the social scope of some aspects of research in Genetics.

To develop abilities concerning experimental design, hypothesis testing, scientific criticism, and other skills related with the scientific method in general, and genetic analysis in particular


To develop general skills, such as oral and written communication, innovation, steadiness, public speaking and discussion.





Code: 26513
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,12
Practical credits: 1,28
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Area: GENETICS
    Theoretical credits: 1,12
    Practical credits: 1,28
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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