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Human Biology 2017/2018

  • 4 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment

Objectives

The main learning outcome with this curricular unit students to recognize the relationship of Human Biology and Behavioral Genetics with Psychology. Understand the biological and genetic mechanisms responsible for behavior and pathology.
As specific learning outcomes, students are expected to be able to:
- understand general knowledge related to Human Biology and Behavioral and Genetics
- Be aware of biomolecules and their respective functions
- Recognize basic concepts of organization and functioning of the nerve cell
- have knowledge on the functioning of the nerve fibers and nerve impulse transmission
- Acquire knowledge related to the hormonal and nervous systems
- Be able to develop an integrative and critical capacity in the analysis of injury / brain disorders
- Recognize the transcription and translation mechanisms of genetic information
- Recognize the dynamic relationship between genes and environment on behavior

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable.

Teaching Metodology

In the theoretical-practical classes we will adopt a combination of active teaching methodologies, considering the learning needs of the students. We will resort to an expository approach to the curriculum contents with the respective exploration and debate from the students.

Body of Work

1.Cell: the basic unit of life
- Structure and Function
- Cell theory
- Biological Macromolecules

2. The importance of the nervous system in the equilibrium of the human organism
- nervous system cells : neuron and glial cell
- process of transmission of nerve impulses
- general organization of the nervous system
- general functioning of the nervous system
- most frequent pathologies of the nervous system

3. The importance of the hormone system in regulating the human body
- structure and function
- feedback mechanism
- most frequent pathologies of the hormonal system
- behaviors that affect the neurohormonal system

4.Genetics and human behavior
- Basics of genetics and hereditary
- The expression of genetic inform
- study of the transmission of hereditary characters
- Changes in the genetic material : mutations
- Genetic and environmental influences on behavior.

Recommended Bibliography

- Almeida, L. (2010). Introdução à Neurociência: Arquitetura, função, interações e doença do Sistema Nervoso. Lisboa: Climepsi Editores.
- De Robertis, E. & Hib, J. (2014). Biologia Celular e Molecular. Lisboa: Nova Guanabara.
- Griffiths, A.; wessler, S.; Lewontin, R. & Carrol, S. (2013). Introduão à Genética. Lisboa: Nova Guanabara.
- Plomin, R.; DeFries, J.; McClearn, G. & McGuppin, P. (2010). Genética do Comportamento (5ª ed.). Porto Alegre: Artmed.

Complementary Bibliography

- Azevedo, C. & Sunkel, C. (2012). Biologia Celular e Molecular (5ª edição). Lisboa: Lidel.
- Chiras, D.D. (2010). Human Biology (7th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Publishers
- Cooper, G. M., & Hausman, R. (2009). The Cell. A Molecular Approach. Editor: Sinauer.
- Habib, M. (2003). Bases Neurológicas dos Comportamentos Lisboa: Cilmepsi Editores.
- Lewis, R. (2009).Human Genetics. Concepts and Applications. NY: McGrawHill.
- Mader, S. S. (2008). Human Biology. New York: McGrawHill.
- Pimentel, M.; Santos-Rebouça, C. & Gallo, C. (2013). Genética Essencial. Lisboa: Nova Guanbara.

Weekly Planning

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Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

All syllabus of C.U. aim to develop the goal develop general knowledge related to Human Biology and Behavioral and Genetics.The contents of Cell: the basic unit of life allows us to meet the objective (obj) Be aware of biomolecules and their respective functions and Recognize basic concepts of organization and functioning of the nerve cell. The contents of The importance of the nervous system at equilibrium of the human organism allow us to meet the objs Recognize basic concepts of organization and functioning of nerve cell; have knowledge on the functioning of the nerve fibers and nerve impulse transmission; Acquire knowledge related to the hormonal and nervous systems and Be able to develop an integrative and capacity in the analysis of injury/brain disorders. The contents of The importance of the hormone system in regulating the human body allows us to meet the obj Acquire knowledge related to the hormonal and nervous systems...

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The teaching methodologies focus on strategies which seek to answer to the Curricular Unit objectives. In fact, students are expected to know, understand, analyze and discuss the concepts, models related to Human and Behavioral Biology, so that the questioning and active methods form the basis of the classes organization, which are, equally, supported by expositive theoretical syntheses, looking to systemize the approached content. In this way, the methodologies diversification is suited to the nature of the cross-cutting and specific objectives and competences intended to be developed in this training cycle, where a greater autonomy, analysis and reflection capacity is demanded from the students.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledge Yes
Adapting to new situations  
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to quality Yes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYes 
Foreign language proficiency  
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiency  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Problem-solving  
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Self-assessmentYes 
TeamworkYes 
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversity  
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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