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Perspectives in Biotechnology

Code 11841
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Biotecnologia
Entry requirements --
Mode of delivery At the institution.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes This course unit aims to develop students search capacity and provide contact with up-to-date topics in different areas of biotechnology. Emphasis will be put on current developments and their applications, societal and economic impacts, and moral and ethical implications.
At the end of this UC the student should be able to:
- Describe and relate the various perspectives in biotechnology, including the historic, with concrete examples of application.
- Recognize ethical principles in biotechnology
- Identify the role of a biotechnology degree in various professional contexts.
- Establish search strategies, differentiating and selecting information sources in accordance with the work plan.
- Use tools for processing and organizing information.
- Know the citation forms and some associated ethical issues.
- Communicate written and oral scientific facts in biotechnology, by the usage of correct vocabulary.
Syllabus - Biotechnology history and development:
Biotechnology definition. Biotechnology through time. Current developments in biotechnology.
- Biotechnology outlook:
Biotechnology significance. Biotechnology applications. Ethical issues in biotechnology. Professionals outputs in biotechnology.
- Laboratory Issues:
Safety in the Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory Biosafety. Emergency procedures. General rules for weighing and measurement of volumes. Significant figures and propagation of errors.
- Information sources in science:
Reference databases. Full text databases. Publisher’s platforms. Other resources. Search strategies. Search methodology. Search auxiliaries. Information evaluation. Information use (citation styles / references, EndNoteWeb).
- Methodology and aspects of scientific work:
Scientific work organization. Rules for the preparation of scientific reports and papers. Peer review process. Paper analysis.
Main Bibliography Required reading:
- Databases.
- Selected scientific papers.
- EndNoteWeb

Recommended reading:
- Ceia, C. (2003). Normas para apresentação de trabalhos científicos. 4ª edição, Editorial Presença. Lisboa.
- Frada, J.J.C. (2001). Guia prático para a elaboração e apresentação de trabalhos científicos. 11ª edição, Edições Cosmos. Lisboa.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The final grade of the "Perspectives" course will be: (50% theoretical grade in frequency or exam) + (50% seminar)
The theoretical evaluation obtained in frequency will be made by performing a final test (29/11/2019), where it will be necessary to obtain a minimum grade of 9.5 values. Attendance of at least 75% of classes is required (attendance in all seminar classes required) and seminar delivery is required in order to be granted course attendance and admission to the final exam.
The final grade of the seminar will be calculated by:
25% Ethics Topic + 75% Biotechnology Topic [(40% Written Presentation) + (25% Pre-Presentation) (35% Oral Presentation and Discussion)]
Failure to present the work or a final grade lower than 10 will result in non-attendance and non-admission to examination.
Seminars presentations are not allowed during exam time
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-23

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