Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Nanobiotechnology

Course unit code: 569693

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Mireia Oliva Herrera

Department: Department of Materials Science and Physical Chemistry

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Group tutorial





-  Seminar




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


1. To develop skills for critical analysis and synthesis of acquired information. To acquire abilities for communication of  scientific information.

2. To acquire basic abilities to outline and design experimental approaches to solve specific questions.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

-To increase expertise in techniques and strategies at the nanoscale for its application to the study of biological systems as well as to correlate them with the techniques already known by the students.


Referring to abilities, skills

-To describe in detail a number of specific nanobiotechnology problems including practical demonstrations by experts in the field.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

-To describe in detail the applications of nanobiotechnology to the field of medical diagnostics and therapy.



Teaching blocks





Nanotechnology fundamentals


Nanomedicine applications


Biophysics applications


Electrochemistry applications



Teaching methods and general organization


1.      Classroom Sessions:

-    Lectures (26 hours): After some introductory sessions covering some fundamental topics, the sessions will deal with recent research of several scientists, and will be focused on the critical interpretation of the results.

-    Oral presentations (4 hours): Oral presentation of about 10 minutes of a selected research topic by the students.

2.      Students individual and/or group work:

-    Tasks to develop: Search for complementary information regarding the research topics explained during the classes. To this end, scientific databases and specific web sites must be consulted. Hours of activity: 35 hours.

-    Complementary work by the student: The hours of complementary work based on the classes will be reduced proportionately to the hours spent in “Tasks to develop”. Hours of activity: 40 hours.



Official assessment of learning outcomes



Evaluation Procedures:

- Assistance, participation and interactivity in the classroom (15%)

- Questionaries from specific Seminars (40%)

- Development of a specific topic and oral presentation (45%)



Examination-based assessment

Students need to communicate to the coordinator the preference for a unique examination after the first week. The exam will present 25 questions in the format of multiple choice test.
Re-evaluation: Students trying to have an upgrade, can opt to a unique examination. The exam will present 25 questions in the format of multiple choice test.