Public University of Navarre

CastellanoEuskara | Academic year: 2018/2019 | Previous academic years:  2016/2017  |  2015/2016  |  2014/2015 
Bachelor's degree in Agricultural, Food and Rural Environment Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 501204 Subject title: BIOLOGY
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 2º S
Department: Ciencias

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Module/Subject matter




- Biodiversity. Principles of Evolution.

- Cell biology: the cell and its limits. The intracellular environment: internal membranes and organelles. Cytoplasmic organelles. The interphase nucleus. Cell reproduction. - Plant and Animal Histology.

- Foundations of embryology.

- Classification and characteristics of animals and plants within the living organisms.

- Regulation and function of plant and animal organisms. - Implications of plants and animals in agricultural production and in the environment.



Introduction to Biology. Cytology and Histology. Evolution and Biodiversity. Regulation and functioning of the organisms.


General proficiencies

  • CB1: Students are able to demonstrate they have acquired knowledge and understanding in a field of study based on the basic foundations gained within their general secondary education together with the support of advanced textbooks and aspects of the latest advances in the field.
  • CT4 - Skill in managing the information
  • CT6 - Ability to learn independently



Specific proficiencies

  • GC2: Adequate knowledge of the physical problems, technologies, equipment, and water and energy supply systems, the limits imposed by budgetary factors and building regulations, the relationships between installations and/or buildings with farms, agro-food industries and spaces related to gardening and landscaping with their social and environmental surroundings, as well as the need to relate those surroundings from that environment with human needs and environmental protection.
  • CE8 - Knowledge of the biological foundations of plants and animals in the field of engineering


Learning outcomes

R1- To identify the diversity of living organisms and their evolutionary relationships.

R2- To identify the major groups of animals and plants and their agroganaderas implications.

R3- To learn the structures forming plant an animal organisms and their regulation and functions.

R4- To identify and use sources of information in the field of biology.

R5- To use basic laboratory equipment, with particular emphasis on microscopy


ENAEE-2: Una comprensión sistemática de los conceptos y aspectos clave de su rama de ingeniería.
ENAEE-21: Reconocer la necesidad y tener la capacidad para desarrollar voluntariamente el aprendizaje continuo.



Programming and Training activities  
Formative Activity Type contact hours Non-contact hours
A-1 Lecture 30 45
A-2 Participatory and directed class activity 6 9
A-3 Laboratory 15 18
A-4 Theoretical and practical work 6 18
A-5 Evaluation Activities 3  




Learning Results Evaluation system Relative importance(%) Possibility to retake
  R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 Attendance at the sessions. Intervention and contributions at the classroom. Professor´s personal notebook  5%  No
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 Ability to use the knowledge in the development of personal or group works. Quality of presentations.  35%  No
R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 Knowledge of concepts, and skills. Written exam to test the acquisition of the concepts  60%  Si






Item 1 -. Introduction to Biology.

¿ Systematic thinking. The scientific method (the strength of the experimental evidence).

¿ Levels of biological organization

¿ The unit of life. The cell theory.

¿ The nature of biological research.

¿ Water, bioelements and biomolecules.

Item 2 -. Structure and functions of cells.

¿ Limits of the cells: membrane walls.

¿ Prokaryotes and eukaryotes: the nucleus.

¿ The interior of the cell (organelles).

¿ Interaction between cells.

¿ Plant and animal Histology.

¿ Introduction to bioenergetics and metabolism. Enzymes. Photosynthesis and respiration.

Item 3 -. Principles of inheritance and cellular reproduction.

¿ Cell reproduction: mitosis, meiosis, sexual reproduction, variability. Inheritance.

¿ Life cycles.

¿ Expression and gene control: Replication, transcription, translation, and the gene expression control.

¿ The execution of a genetic program: development.

Item 4 -. Evolution and Biodiversity.

¿ The origin of life on Earth

¿ Generation of diversity and natural selection.

¿ Classification of animal and vegetable organisms. Acellular forms.

¿ Domains and Kingdoms: diversification of life.

¿ Genetic basis of the evolutionary process. Speciation. Relationships between species. Symbiosis.

Item 5 -. Common challenges of multicellular organisms adapted to the terrestrial environment.

¿ Growth and development.

¿ Conservation of water and solute balance.

¿ Internal transport.

¿ Maintenance of the internal environment (homeostasis). Regulation and functioning in animals and plants.

¿ The perception of changes in the environment and resources and responses to threats.

¿ Coordination in multicellular organisms.

¿ Reproduction.

Item 6 -. Implications of plants and animals in agricultural production and the environment.



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Biological Science (5th Edition) / Scott Freeman ¿[et al.] (2013)

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings[2013] 5th edition


Biology / Neil A. Campbell ... [et al.]. (2008)

Publisher: San Francisco (CA) ; Madrid [etc.] : Pearson : Benjamin Cummings,[2008]


Essential biology / Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece. (2001)

Publisher: San Francisco (Calif.) ; Madrid [etc.] : Benjamin/Cummings,[2001]


Study Guide for Biological Science /Scott Freeman ¿[et al.] (2013)

Publisher: Benjamin Cummings[2013] 5th edition



English. Some of the supplementary texts may be in Spanish




It will be held at the Public University of Navarra. The classroom for lectures at ¿Aulario¿ building will be designated by the ETSIA website. Also, laboratories and facilities at the buildings ¿Los Olivos¿ (ETSIA) and ¿El Sario¿ will be used. The specific locations where to develop each of the activities will be published at the beginning of the course through ¿Miaulario¿ website.