Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Research Seminars

Course unit code: 569695

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Gemma Navarro Brugal

Department: Department of Biochemistry and Physiology

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Group tutorial




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


1. Knowledge comprehension (not memorizing)
2. Knowledge application
3. Discuss and argue opinions
4. Clear and professional oral presentations
5. Self-learning





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

The aim of the subject is to improve technological capacities for biotechnological research as well as to give the opportunity to the students to discuss with top scientists in the field of biotechnology. The student will also improve his/her abilities to present, defend arguments and opinions while criticizing contrary opinions by increasing their ability to debate and present in public.

The student will learn to search all the methodologies related to biotechnological processes, be scientifically critical and discuss the collected information. Therefore, this subject will allow the students to be updated on a given research field.

The student will create their first Project. They will collect information based on their practical experience and they will learn to raise from a working hypothesis, some main objectives, a work plan, a schedule, a methodology and a budget.



Teaching blocks


1. Teaching blocks

*  The students will acquire knowledge and be updated in the biotechnological research through:

1. Scientific debates about hot topics in the biotechnological field

2. Attending conferences of leading leader investigators in the field

3. Creating their first Research Project

4. Exposing the acquired knowledge in oral presentations

The coordinator will guide the students on the updated and hot topic biotechnological fields of health, nutrition and industrial areas.



Teaching methods and general organization


Wednesdays,  (School of Pharmacy, room B-204) from 14:00h - 15:00h
- September 29th

- October 6th

- October 15th

- October 20th

- October 27th

- November 3th

- November 10th

- November 17th

- November 24th (Exam)

- December 1th (oral presentations)


A. Supervised teaching

- How to search in the literature (research papers, revisions, book chapters) and attend to research seminars.

- Guidance at the scientific debates proposed by the coordinator. The debates will be related to hot topics in the biotechnological area. Students will be divided into 3 groups: in favour, against and audience. The groups will rotate at each debate and the students will have to prepare and be documented about the 3 roles. Examples of the topics for debate:

1. Is Alzheimer’s disease the new Type 3 Diabetes?

2. Does the discovery of the CRISP technology deserve the novel prize?

3. Should we use cannabinoids for therapy?

4.  Vaccines are the best strategy to combat COVID-19?


- Oral presentations will be done by all the students (10 minutes presentation + 3 minutes discussion) and they will select the biotechnological subject of interest. Both positive and negative points of the project will have to be argued.


- Guidance in how to writte and defend a scientific project proposed by the coordinator. The Research Projects will be related to hot topics in the biotechnological area.


B. Not supervised teaching

- Search and read information about the selected topic.

- Attending research seminars and ask questions.

- Preparation of the oral presentation.


As far as possible, the gender perspective will be incorporated in the subject syllabus.




Official assessment of learning outcomes


The evaluation will include:

1- Discussed and argued opinions at the debates. Also the prepared matherial to defend any position.

2- The material employed and presented by the student after attending scientific seminars and conferences.

3- Oral presentations

4-Research Project defence and preparation