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Applied Algology

Code: B4000     Acronym: B4000

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2022/2023 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Biology
Course/CS Responsible: Master's degree in Biological Aquatic Resources

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
M:RBA 7 Study plan since 2013/2014 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Isabel Maria Trigueiros de Sousa Pinto Machado

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 0,90
Laboratory Practice: 0,60
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 0,90
Isabel Maria Trigueiros de Sousa Pinto Machado 0,90
Laboratory Practice Totals 1 0,60
Isabel Maria Trigueiros de Sousa Pinto Machado 0,60

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students



The module of Applied Phycology has as main objectives:


1- Prepare students with good knowledge on the importance of algae as a resource

2 - Provide specific theoretical and practical knowledge about algae as a resource, its availability, its sustainable production and it maisn present uses, as well as the uses that are being now tested and researcherd. 

3 - Discuss the global importance that this resource may have in the future
4 - Develop skills for the critical analisys and use of different souces of information
5 - Develop skills for the analysis and synthesis of knowledge. 
6 - Develop skills the debate of facts and ideas on the subject of algal production and use based on credible sources.


Learning outcomes and competences


Awareness and knowledge about the diversity of algae that are available and the benefits that can be obtained from their biomass



Knowledge about the main applications and production methods for  the different algae

Increased skills for the critical analisys and use of different souces of information,  analysis and synthesis of knowledge, presentation of information and discussion of facts and ideas on the subject of algal production and use based on credible sources.


Working method




1 - Algae: what they are and main groups (revision).
2 - Role of algae in ecosystems and their services. 

3 - Main current uses of algae: history, current state and limitations.

4 - Potential use of algae and main ongoing research in this field.

5 - Production of algae: harvest and main cultivation methods.

6 - Marine agriculture and aforestation: ecosystem services and scale limitations

7 - Main business areas in the algae: around the world, in Europe and in Portugal.


Mandatory literature

Hurd, Harrison, Bischof and Lobban ; Seaweed Ecology and Physiology, Cambridge, 2014. ISBN: 9780521145954
Lee Robert Edward; Phycology. ISBN: 0-521-63883-6 (Basic text for algology)

Complementary Bibliography

Stewart W. D. P. William Duncan Patterson 1935- 340; Algal physiology and biochemistry. ISBN: 0-632-09100-2
Graham Linda E. 1946-; Algae. ISBN: 978-0-321-55965-4
Jackson Daniel F. 340; Algae and man
Brodie Juliet 340; Unravelling the algae. ISBN: 9780849379895

Teaching methods and learning activities

Presentations using power point and video. Presentation by the students and discussion of  projects.

Pratical sessions - Observation of algal species and their main morphological, reproductive characteristics. Observation of individuals from different life stage phases. Demostration of cultivation methods


Natural sciences > Environmental science > Natural resources management > Aquaculture
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biodiversity > Exploração sustentável
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biodiversity > Biodiversity characterisation
Natural sciences > Environmental science > Natural resources management > Coastal zone management

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Trabalho escrito 30,00
Prova oral 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 20,00
Estudo autónomo 20,00
Frequência das aulas 21,00
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 1,00
Total: 62,00

Eligibility for exams

Participation in at least 75% of the classes

Conclusion of at least 75% os the work requested

Calculation formula of final grade


Grade from the exam/tests *(up to 10 points) + group project report (up to 6 points)+ presentation of group report (up to 3 points) + Debate (1 point)

 final exam done at the end of the discipline. 


Classification improvement

Repeat final exam

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