Public University of Navarre

Castellano | Academic year: 2023/2024 | Previous academic years:  2022/2023  |  2021/2022  |  2020/2021 
Bachelor's Degree in Science at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Mandatory Year: 2 Period: 1º S
Department: Ciencias

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Module/Subject matter

Biology / Principles of Microbiology and Physiology


General proficiencies

CB1 Students should have exhibited knowledge and comprehension in an area of study that starts at the basis of general secondary education, which is generally at a level that, while it is supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge also includes some aspects that involve knowledge taken from the forefront of their field of study.

CB2 - Students should be able to apply their knowledge to their work or profession in a professional way and have the skills that are usually demonstrated by developing and arguing and solving problems within their area of study


Specific proficiencies

CG2 - To be able to express, discuss and provide adequate arguments about the aspects of the degree, being able to propose new questions, integrate them into the appropriate context and generate an advance in scientific and professional knowledge.

CG3 -  To have experimental and analytical skills to work with autonomy in a laboratory being able to set up experiments and to describe, analyse, assess and interpret and understand the obtained information in order to propose alternative and novel solutions to known and/or emerging problems.

CE1 - To control the molecular, cellular, physiological, genetic and inheritance basis that determine the organization, functioning and integration of living organisms and their interaction with the natural environment

CE29 - To be able to link, to combine and to use as a whole concept, methodologies and techniques from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in the study and resolution of problems.


Learning outcomes

RA5. To integrate the molecular, cellular and physiological background at the cellular level for the functionality and the integration of pluricellular organisms

RA6. To understand the main processes of animal and human physiology, integrating the functioning of tissues and organs and the signaling systems at the organism level

RA7. To understand the main processes of plant physiology, integrating the functioning of tissues and organs and signaling systems at the organism level

RA8. To understand the main processes of plant physiology, by integrating the functionality of tissues and organs with the signal systems at the organism level



  Methodology - Activity Attendance Self-study
A-1 Exposition/ Participative classes  26  
A-2 Practical classes  30  
A-4 Group work/projects    25
A-5 Individual practice and study time    63
A-6 Tutorials    2
A-7 Exams and evaluation activities  4  
Total  60  90


Relationship between formative activities and proficiencies/learning outcomes

Proficiencies Formative activities
 CG2, CB1, CB2, CE1, CE29 A-1 Exposition/ Participative classes
 CG2, CG3, CB1, CB2, CE1, CE29 A-2 Practical classes
 CG2, CG3, CB2 A-4 Group work/projects
CG2, CB1, CB2, CE1 A-5 Individual practice and study time
CG2, CB1, CB2, CE1 A-7 Exams and evaluation activities
CG2, CB2 A-6 Tutorials







Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
RA5, RA6, RA7, RA8 Individual written test 50* YES 5
RA5, RA6, RA7, RA8 Oral presentations. Group Project  30 NO 0
RA5, RA6, RA7, RA8 Tests and individual reports of experimental work 20 NO 0

If the student did not get the minimum grade to weigh in any of the activities, the grade of the subject would be 4.9 out of 10 at most (fail). 

  * The exams include the concepts acquired and a minimum passing score of 5 over 10 is required in both animal physiology and plant physiology and organography. Students with scores lower than 5 over 10 need to take a recovery exam
Multiple written tests will be taken throughout the semester to allow an ongoing assessment of student progress. In case of switching to a virtual teaching mode, these tests will be performed with the "Exams" tool in Miaulario. Individual and group assignments throughout the semester can be submitted online



Animal and human physiology. Plant physiology.  Functionality of tissues and organs. Mechanisms of Signalization. Development and reaction to the environment. Reproduction



Unit 1. Introduction to Physiology. Concept of Physiology. Structure and systems of the animal organism. Homeostasis. Medium internal and organic liquids. Control systems

Unit 2. Physiology of excitable tissues. Physiology of the Nervous System Potential of Membrane. Potential of action. Conduction and transmission of nerve impulses Synapses.

Unit 3. Physiology of the muscular system Skeletal muscle contraction

Unit 4. Digestive system. Nutrition. Nutritional requirements. Regulation of intake. Digestion. Physiology and regulation of digestion.

Unit 5. Physiology of the reproduction. Physiology of the masculine reproductive system. Physiology of the feminine reproductive system. Reproductive cycles. Gestation, birth and lactation.

Unit 6. Regulation of reproduction. Hormones involved in reproductive physiology, in gestation and lactation

Unit 7. Physiology of the endocrine system. General mechanisms of the endocrine system Endocrine glands

Unit 8. Anatomy and structure of the plant's vegetative structure. Anatomy and structure of root, stem and leaves. Development of the organism vegetative. Primary growth. Secondary growth.

Unit 9 Reproductive biology. Structure of flower, seed and fruit. Vegetative and sexual reproduction. Development of the plant structure.

Unit 10 Energy metabolism: photosynthesis and respiration. The light, the photosynthetic pigments and the photosystems. Reactions luminous, CO2 assimilation. The photorespiration. C4 plants and CAM plants. Transport of photo-assimilated products. Factors affecting the photosynthesis. Respiration in plants. Stages of respiration. Respiration insensitive to cyanide. Energy balance of the respiration.

Unit 11. The water in the plants. Importance and properties of water. The water potential. The water flow. Transpiration. Absorption and nutrient transport.

Unit 12. Mineral nutrition. Essential mineral elements. Absorption and transport of mineral elements throughout the plant. Mobility. Mineral nutrition and growth. Deficiencies in essential elements

Unit 13. Growth and development. Plant Hormones: Auxins, Gibberellins, Cytokinins, Ethylene, Abscisic Acid and other compounds with hormonal activity. Photomorphogenesis. Photoperiodism and Vernalization.


Experimental practice program

Animal Physiology

Study of the internal environment. Homeostasis

Nervous system

Muscular system

Group work on physiology topics
Tests for protein properties
Semen contrast

Plant Organography

Plant histology I Plant histology II Plant organography Seed viability. In vivo measurement of NRase activity.




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

Electronic books

Animal Physiology

- Anatomy and Physiology. Patton, Kevin T.; Thibodeau, Gary A.  Elsevier 2013 ISBN number:9788490221082, ISBN number:9788490223963

- Guyton y Hall: Medical Physiology(12a. ed.) Guyton, Arthur C.; Hall, John E.  Elsevier Health Sciences Spain - T  2011. ISBN number:9788480868198, ISBN number:9788480865494


Plant physiology and organography

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants

Bob B. Buchanan, Wilhelm Gruissem, Russell L. Jones, and Kathleen Vickers


Plant Physiology, Development and Metabolism / by Satish C Bhatla, Manju A. Lal. 

Bhatla, Satish C.

Editorial: Singapore : Springer Singapore : Imprint: Springer, 2018.


Teaching Tools in Plant Biology: Lecture Notes. The Plant Cell (online),


Biological science / Scott Freeman ... [et al.].6th ed., global ed. Harlow (England) : Pearson Education, [2017]

ISBN: 978-1-292-16508-0 (electrónico)



Aulario and laboratories and facilities of the Arrosadía Campus.

The specific spaces where each of the activities takes place will be published at the beginning of the year