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Previous detailed Programs are offered as a model. 2019 Programs will depend on the number of students enrolled.

 

Research in Biotechnology

Program aimed at teaching undergraduate students the basics of biotechnological research and applications. Contents include fundamentals of modern molecular biology and genome structure, genetic engineering techniques and advanced technology of genomic-level gene analysis in Biomedicine, or biotechnological procedures for animal manipulation and for production of biological molecules of industrial interest. Additionally, several leaders of IBBTEC research groups will introduce the students to the scientific method and present their research fields and teams, which will host the students for the research practice.

The first part of the program (4 weeks) includes 52 contact hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits) of courses and activities, covering the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering (12 hours)
  • Biomedical techniques (12 hours)
  • The information in the Human Genome (12 hours)
  • Molecular Biotechnology (16 hours)


The second part of the program (additional 4 weeks) includes 80 contact hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits) of research practice at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC), working on an individual research project with our faculty. Possible research projects include the following:

  • "Identification and Characterizaton of a specific phospho Ser-284 site in ERK2 that regulates ERK dimerization"
  • "Mutational analysis of essential residues in TrwD involved in unsaturated Fatty Acids binding"
  • "Regulation of gene expression during development"
  • "Microfabrication and Microfluidics"
  • "Chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases"


Students will be assessed from Grade "A" (excellent) to "D" (poor) according to:

  • General performance
  • Achievement of learning objectives
  • Active participation and attitude

Assessment will be continuous and based on student's progress as established by observation and assessment rubrics.

 

2016 detailed Program


 

Physics in the 21st Century

In this course researchers of the Faculty of Science and IFCA will review some of the hot topics of the current research in physics. It will cover the latest advances in our understanding of nature, from the largest scales in Cosmology to the smallest in Particle Physics, including the technology developed around this Science.  The course will also describe the advances in nanophotonics and how the research in this field is contributing to the development of technology flowing to many applications in our everyday life.


The first part of the program (4 weeks) includes 52 contact hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits) of courses and activities, covering the following topics:

  • Physics of the Universe: Modern Astronomy (24 hours)
  • The Large Hadron collider: the quest for the Higgs Boson and more (12 hours)
  • Nanophotonics in everyday life (16 hours)

The second part of the program (additional 4 weeks) includes 80 contact hours of research practice at the IFCA (Institute of Physics of Cantabria) working on an individual research project specifically designed for each student within the framework of research projects of the Institute.


Students will be assessed from Grade "A" (excellent) to "D" (poor) according to:

  • General performance
  • Achievement of learning objectives
  • Active participation and attitude

Assessment will be continuous and based on student's progress as established by observation and assessment rubrics.


2014 detailed Program


 

Spanish Language and Culture (ESP)

This program is scheduled so that it can be taken in combination with any of the others. It will include Spanish Grammar and Conversation in the afternoons, as well as Friday morning sessions on Spanish Art and History (including field trips), and practical Spanish Gastronomy sessions on Wednesday nights. All classes will be taught in Spanish. Several Spanish Language groups will be arranged according to the Spanish level of enrolled students.


This program includes 52 contact hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits) of courses and activities, covering the following topics:

  • Spanish Language for foreigners (32 hours)
  • Spanish Art and History sessions (12 hours)
  • Spanish Gastronomy (8 hours)


Students will be assessed from Grade "A" (excellent) to "D" (poor) according to:

  • General performance
  • Achievement of learning objectives
  • Active participation and attitude

Assessment will be continuous and based on student's progress as established by observation, assessment rubrics and marking of collected samples of oral and written production (in the Spanish Language classes).

 

2016 detailed Program


 

Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering in the Ocean

(not in 2017)

Program intended to give an overview of ocean and coastal engineering. Addressed to sophomore, junior or senior students of engineering or applied sciences from US universities. Rather than separate courses, the Program is structured in thematic weeks which will complement theory with visits, lab work and practical cases. The course will take place in the Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria" of the University of Cantabria including one of the most advanced large-scale experimental labs in the field and supercomputing facilities.

Main subjects included:

  • The Ocean and Coastal Environment
  • Introduction to Coastal and Ocean Engineering
  • Coastal Risks including Climate Change: Assessment and Mitigation
  • Harvesting Ocean Energy

 

2014 detailed Program