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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

The marine biology is a assignatura optativa of fourth course of the Llicenciatura of Biology, to the University of Alicante. His profile is vinculat to the areas of knowledge of Zoology and Ecology, and between his descriptores find such as a biodiversitat marine, resources demersales and pelágicos, measures of ordenació and conservation, marine areas proteges and artificial reefs. Recent researches suggest that the diversity of the seas has been repeatedly subestimada, and that the numeral of new shapes to know can be greater in the seas that in the terrestrial means. As a indicator, cost the fact that the numeral of phyla present in the marine means is very greater that the ecosystems, and that the half of the phyla animal appears only in the sea. Another aspect to consider of the sea is his character as a rebost of the mankind. The marine ecosystem provides a big part of the proteina animal consumed by the mankind, and besides to a very affordable price. The sea, besides, is resulting to be a promising source of products farmacològics, with properties antivirals and antitumorals. On the other hand, the sea is one of the tourist destinations for excellence of the mankind, generating an economic activity a lot important and in continuous road of expansion, that offers as a alternative to some littoral communities as a alternative to the direct exploitation of alive resources. On the other hand, some marine structures how the coral reefs, the grasslands of phanerogams or the mangroves actuan as a defensive barriers against storms or the own dynamics costanera, assistant to the protection of the coast, of the existent infrastructures and of the human populations that populate it. The marine means helps tambien in the ralentització of the sobrecalentamiento of the Land, that causes slow, but inexorably, the rise of the level of the sea, with all the implications that this gate regarding modification of the linea of coast and the disappearance of teams and human goods. The sea has been, besides, the cradle of several teorias and important fundamental concepts for the general scientific knowledge, with important implications for the conservation and the management. To this have to add him the fact that the marine means supposes a bit more than 70% of the terrestrial surface, and surpasses in more than 300 times the volume of vital space offered by the terrestrial means.

This subject will be developed in an eminently practical and applied way, to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and skills of a high cognitive level. Taking this course will prepare future graduates to successfully pursue professional life.



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

Specific Competences:>>Theoretical

  • CE1 : Acquire the fundamentals of biological terminology, nomenclature, conventions and units.
  • CE10 : Understand the fundamentals of the regulation of vital functions of organisms through internal and external factors and identify mechanisms for adapting to the environment.
  • CE13 : Study the structure and function of biomolecules and understand their function in biological processes.
  • CE20 : Understand the basic principles of immunity in living beings.
  • 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.
  • CE3 : Understand and apply mathematical and statistical methods for validating models from experimental data applied to Biology.
  • CE4 : Recognise different levels of organisation in living systems.
  • 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

  • CE29 : Show knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to the areas of Biology.
  • CE31 : Recognise and implement good scientific practices for measurement and experimentation.
  • CE32 : Safe handling: biological material, reagents, instruments and devices used in Biology.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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

Acquire knowledge and skills about structural organization, relationship with the environment and diversity of life at sea.
Acquire knowledge and skills about the main factors (abiotic and biotic) that influence the distribution of marine organisms.
Acquire knowledge and skills about the different adaptations of marine organisms and biological types.
Acquire knowledge and skills to apply sampling techniques and experimental design, on the classification of organisms in the marine environment and the measurement of environmental variables.
Acquire skills to design experiments and field work, write and execute projects, all related to marine biology.
Acquire skills to perform critical analysis of content related to marine biology.




Code: 26556
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,00
Practical credits: 1,40
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Area: ZOOLOGY
    Theoretical credits: 1
    Practical credits: 1,4
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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