Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2023-24

Microbiology is the branch of Biology that focuses on the study of microbes. The goal of this subject is to provide a basic vision of the essential characteristics of microorganisms, with special emphasis on prokaryotic microbes (Bacteria and Archaea) and viruses. Microbiology is taught during the third semester of Biology and Sea Sciences Degrees, after the students have taken the basic subjects needed to the correct understanding of this matter.

Microbes are the most abundant living organisms on Earth and constitute a significant part of its biomass. Through their central role in biogeochemical cycles (some processes such as nitrogen fixation or methanogenesis are exclusively carried out by prokaryotes), microbes have an essential role in the global functioning of the planet and help to the sustainable development of the biosphere. Moreover, they play a very relevant function in human activities, either as human pathogens or protecting humans from infection, and can be used in processes related to economic and environmental interests. Microbes are also important tools for the study of evolution and diversification of living organisms.

The knowledge of Microbiology is a key for the comprehension of life and is an instrumental subject for the basic training of future biologists and sea scientists. Furthermore, Microbiology is especially required for the professional activity within sanitary fields (laboratories for disease diagnoses or food safety, for instance), industrial activities and research areas (spanning from Molecular Microbiology to Microbial Ecology).



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

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.
  • CE16 : Conocer e interpretar los factores que influyen en el clima y en el hidrodinamismo marino.
  • CE18 : Understand the factors linked with global climate change and its records.
  • CE6 : Know and understand the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to marine sciences and their relationship with other sciences.
  • CE7 : Understand the structural and functional organisation of marine organisms and their biological diversity.


Specific Competences:>>Ability

  • CE20 : Show knowledge and understanding of inductive and deductive methods, the elaboration of hypotheses and experimental design.
  • CE21 : Use the necessary information and documentation for the separation, identification and cataloguing of marine organisms.
  • CE27 : Be skilled in the practical use of models, incorporating new data for the validation, improvement and evolution of the same.
  • CE30 : Be able to carry out standard sampling procedures related to research tasks in the sea and in the laboratory.
  • 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 2023-24

  • To identify microbes as the most abundant and diverse living organisms on Earth
  • To know the diversity and ubiquity of microorganisms





Code: 28524
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,52
Practical credits: 0,88
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,52
    Practical credits: 0,88
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught