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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

Advanced Microbiology is a complement to the general Microbiology course (taught in THE 2nd year in the Biology degree) and offers a deeper insight into Environmental and Molecular and Food Microbiology.



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

Specific Competences:>>Theoretical

  • CE15 : Identify the main metabolic pathways.
  • CE21 : Isolate, cultivate and modify microorganisms, cells and tissue of pluricellular organisms.
  • CE22 : Analyse and interpret the development, growth and biological cycles of living beings.
  • CE24 : Acquire the basic knowledge to analyse the structure and dynamics of populations.
  • CE25 : Relate the different interactions between species in the working of ecosystems.
  • CE27 : Relate the flows of energy and the biogeochemical cycles in the working of ecosystems.
  • CE28 : Acquire the knowledge needed to design and execute biology projects.
  • CE7 : Understand evolutionary mechanisms and models.
  • CE8 : Understand and know the genetic foundations of diversity.
  • CE9 : Identify organisms and interpret the diversity of species in the environment, as well as their origin, evolution and behaviour.


Specific Competences:>>Ability

  • CE32 : Safe handling: biological material, reagents, instruments and devices used in Biology.
  • CE33 : Carry out standard laboratory procedures involved in analytical tasks.
  • CE34 : Plan, design and execute practical research studies, evaluating the results.
  • CE35 : Interpret data gathered from observation and measurement in the laboratory and the field.
  • CE39 : Recognise and evaluate biological processes in daily life.
  • CE40 : Relate Biology to other disciplines.
  • CE42 : Know how to identify, analyse and catalogue biological organisms.
  • CE45 : Carry out biological biotests and diagnoses.
  • CE48 : Evaluate environmental impact.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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

• To ascertain the role of microbes and microbial metabolism in sustaining the biosphere and the biogeochemical cycles and to analyze the microbial diversity harbored in aquatic and terrestrial environments.

• To know and apply the molecular and culture dependent techniques used to study microbes in their natural environments

• To understand the molecular bases of viruses and their interactions with their hosts

• To know genomic and metagenomic analysis techniques and their application to the study of the evolution of microbes.

• To work safely with microbes, reagents, and instruments commonly used in food microbiology and molecular microbial ecology.

• To plan, design, carry out, and analyze the results of experiments in Microbiology




Code: 26533
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,60
Practical credits: 0,80
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,6
    Practical credits: 0,8
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught