Course guide of Molecular Pathology (20411B4)

Curso 2023/2024
Approval date: 21/06/2023

Grado (bachelor's degree)

Bachelor'S Degree in Pharmacy


Ciencias de la Salud


Complementos de Formación


Patología Molecular

Year of study




ECTS Credits


Course type

Elective course

Teaching staff


  • Sara Rodríguez Heras. Grupo: C
  • Antonio Sánchez Pozo. Grupo: A


Antonio Francisco Suárez García Grupos: 1 y 2

Timetable for tutorials

Sara Rodríguez Heras

  • Monday de 11:30 a 13:30 (Despacho)
  • Wednesday de 11:30 a 13:30 (Despacho)
  • Friday de 11:30 a 13:30 (Despacho)

Antonio Sánchez Pozo

  • First semester
    • Tuesday de 11:30 a 14:30 (Despacho F. Farmacia)
    • Wednesday de 11:30 a 14:30 (Despacho F. Farmacia)
  • Second semester
    • Tuesday de 10:30 a 13:30 (Despacho Tutorias F. Ciencias)
    • Wednesday de 10:30 a 13:30 (Despacho Tutorias F. Ciencias)

Antonio Francisco Suárez García

  • First semester
    • Monday
      • 09:30 a 11:30 (Despacho)
      • 12:30 a 13:30 (Despacho)
    • Wednesday
      • 09:30 a 11:30 (Despacho)
      • 12:30 a 13:30 (Despacho)
  • Second semester
    • Friday de 08:30 a 14:30 (Despacho)

Prerequisites of recommendations

  • Have an adequate level of English (European level B1, B2). The course will be taught totally in English
  • Adequate skills of office software.
  • Adequate knowledge of the relevant aspects of genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics. proteomics and System Biology.
  • Adequate knowledge of Biochemistry Metabolic and Structural, Biotechnology, Cellular Physiology and Immunology

Brief description of content (According to official validation report)

  • Genetic Diseases. Polymorphism and mutations.
  • Disorders in the synthesis, folding, secretion and degradation of proteins.
  • Genetic disorders responsible for changes in proliferation and cell death.
  • Inflammation.
  • Molecular Diagnosis of genes of susceptibility.
  • Methodology in Molecular Pathology.

General and specific competences

General competences

  • CG10. Diseñar, aplicar y evaluar reactivos, métodos y técnicas analíticas clínicas, conociendo los fundamentos básicos de los análisis clínicos y las características y contenidos de los dictámenes de diagnóstico de laboratorio. 
  • CG11. Evaluar los efectos toxicológicos de sustancias y diseñar y aplicar las pruebas y análisis correspondientes. 

Specific competences

  • CE47. Conocer y comprender la estructura y función del cuerpo humano, así como los mecanismos generales de la enfermedad, alteraciones moleculares, estructurales y funcionales, expresión sindrómica y herramientas terapéuticas para restaurar la salud. 

Transversal competences

  • CT02. Capacidad de utilizar con desenvoltura las TICs 

Objectives (Expressed as expected learning outcomes)

  • Understanding the molecular basis of various types of diseases and susceptibility.
  • Understanding the molecular basis of drug responses.
  • Apply the methodology for the genetic diagnosis.

Detailed syllabus


  • INTRODUCTION Sources of information. From clinical symptons to molecular pathology identification
  • MOLECULAR BASES IN PATHOLOGY: Genotype-Phenotype correlations, Inheritance patterns, gene expression regulation and epigenetics
  • MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY OF SELECTED HUMAN DISEASES (CASE REVIEWS) (to be selected according with students’ interests).
  • PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY: Molecular diagnostics. Gene and cell therapy. Pharmacogenomics


  • Determining the presence of polymorphism - 265TC (rs5082) in the APOA2 in genomic DNA gene


Basic reading list

  • Patología Molecular. A. Sánchez Pozo et al. Ed. Sintesis 2022.
  • Essential Concepts in Molecular Pathology. W.B. Coleman and G.J. Tsongalis. Elsevier 2020
  • Genetics and Genomics in Medicine. T. Strachan, J Goodship, P. Chinnery. Garland Science 2015

Teaching methods

  • MD01. Lección magistral/expositiva 
  • MD02. Sesiones de discusión y debate 
  • MD04. Prácticas de laboratorio y/o clínicas y/o oficinas de Farmacia 
  • MD07. Seminarios 
  • MD10. Realización de trabajos individuales 
  • MD12. Tutorías 
  • MD13. Participación en plataformas docentes 

Assessment methods (Instruments, criteria and percentages)

Ordinary assessment session

  • Involvement and active participation in classes, forums and seminars (up to 5%).
  • answers to short questions (class control) (up to 65%).
  • Individual work (up to 10%): Will be evaluated by using a rubrica taking into consideration the clarity of the presentation, the relevance of the information given with regards to the relationship between symptoms, tests and treatments and the molecular pathology of the case and the references used.
  • Laboratory performance (up to 20%). Individual/Collective work in the laboratory that is compulsory to obtain a final mark and will be evaluated by an exam.

All the above items have to obtain at less 5/10 points

Written tests (if necessary, or to increase marks). The tests will consist in a composition about one of the topics developed in class or short questions.

Extraordinary assessment session

There will be a unique exam that will include all the matters of the course or specific parts according with student situation

Single final assessment

Only for students who have chosen this system and had been admitted to it during the first two weeks of teaching, will have to perform two tests:

  • Theoretical examination of all the matters of the course and which consist of test questions and/or a composition.
  • Practical examination in the laboratory. This test may be waived if the student had made practices and have overcome.
  • The weight of both exams in the course grade will be 70% for theory and 30% practice.
  • Teachers may make additional oral examinations whenever necessary to better weigh the score or any doubt about the authenticity of written exercises.

Additional information