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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES is an essentially-practical subject which offers an overview of the foundations and applications of many different techniques widely used in in Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the research laboratory. This technology supports the advance of knowledge in these disciplines, and its tools are pivotal for the development of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, two areas having nowadays a great impact on industry and society. Additionally, they play a key role in the advance of other relevant areas of the Degree in Biology, such as Applied Microbiology and Applied Genetics of the fourth year.

This subject is supported by the previous knowledge acquired by the student in the subjects of Biochemistry I and Genetics in the first year, Biochemistry II in the second, and Advanced Genetics in the third year. Furthermore, it is complemented by Structural and Functional Techniques, also in the third year of the Degree in Biology.



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.
  • CG5 : Commitment to ethics and the values of equality, as well as social responsibility as a citizen and as a professional.
  • CG6 : Learn autonomously.
  • CG7 : Show the ability to adapt to new situations.
  • CG8 : Acquire a permanent concern for quality, the environment and health and safety at work.
  • CG9 : Show the ability to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.


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.
  • CE17 : Understand the principles of thermodynamics and their applications in bioenergetics.
  • CE2 : Relate the physical and chemical principles of Biology.


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.
  • CE31 : Recognise and implement good scientific practices for measurement and experimentation.
  • 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.
  • CE36 : Prepare, present and defend scientific and technical reports both in writing and orally to an audience.
  • CE37 : Ability to find, analyse, understand and write scientific and technical texts.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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

- To understand the foundations, instrumentation and applications of the main molecular techniques used for experimentation in Biology.

- To acquire the skills of using molecular techniques for the experimental assessment of biological problems.

- To design experimental protocols using molecular techniques, to develop the ability to choose the best method, to acquire good habits towards working in the lab, to interprete and evaluate experimental data and to predict experimental outcomes.

- To implement laboratory procedures integrating a set of different molecular techniques.

- To acquire the skills to write, present and defend scientific reports using molecular techniques not only in writing, but also orally to an audience.

- To develop the ability to analyze and understand a scientific paper making use of the methodologies dealt with in this subject.




Code: 26536
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 0,68
Practical credits: 1,72
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 0,34
    Practical credits: 0,86
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.
    Area: GENETICS
    Theoretical credits: 0,34
    Practical credits: 0,86

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