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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

Extension of Genetics further explore the molecular basis of inheritance, variation and regulation of gene expression (previously acquired in Genetics, first course) by studying gene structure and function at the molecular level. Therefore, involves the so-called Molecular Genetics area.
The study of molecular structure of genomes reveals a surprising diversity between organisms, launching a debate on the role for DNA sequences arrangement in phenotype or even in their evolution. Studying transcription and translation mechanisms at the molecular level allows identification of relevant factors (sequences, proteins and other molecules) involved in those processes and unravels the diverse mechanisms for gene expression regulation that modify in quantity and/or activity gene products in response to environmental changes or different stages of cell/organism cycle.
At the professional level, Molecular Genetics is crucial in areas such molecular diagnosis, clinical laboratory, human reproduction or gene therapy, as well as in biotechnological applications for improvement of animal, plants and industrial production.
This subject is supported by the previous knowledge acquired by the student in the subjects of Genetics and Biochemistry in the first year, and Microbiology in the second year, and it is complemented by Molecular Techniques, also in the third year, mainly in the description of techniques for isolation, manipulation and analysis of nucleic acids. Those relationships are also important for the Applied Genetics subject in fourth year, where knowledge acquired in Extension Genetics is the basis for understand Molecular Genetics medical and industrial applications.



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

  • CE13 : Study the structure and function of biomolecules and understand their function in biological processes.
  • CE14 : Understand the fundamentals of replication, transcription, translation and modification of genetic material.
  • 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

  • CE29 : Show knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to the areas of Biology.
  • CE30 : Interpret, evaluate, process and synthesis Biological data and information.


Generic UA Competences

  • CGUA3 : Possess computer knowledge appropriate to the field of study.
  • CGUA4 : Acquire or possess basic ICT skills (Information and Communication Technologies) and manage the information obtained correctly.




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 structure and function of DNA and other biomolecules in biological processes
  • To understand the basis of the expression of genetic information and its regulation
  • To learn to interpret chromosome maps and its applications
  • To apply the scientific method in the context of Genetics

Specific Objectives

  • To develop the ability to solve Molecular Genetics problems
  • To acquire practical skills in the methodology of the subject
  • To develop skills related to scientific criticism and scientific method in general
  • To know and assess the social scope of some aspects of research in Molecular Genetics
  • To learn the specific techniques for analysis of gene expression and regulation and develop abilities concerning experimental design, analysis and evaluation of the information obtained from genetic experiments
  • To learn the correct use of usual instruments and techniques in a Molecular Genetics laboratory
  • To develop general skills, such oral communication, public speaking and discussion





Code: 26535
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.

Study programmes where this course is taught