Online Courses in English at UFV

Term: 2022-1



March 7 – July 1, 2022 (most courses, see exceptions below)


Who is eligible?

·       Academic mobility”: undergraduate, Master’s or Ph.D. students currently enrolled in any Higher Education Institution.

·       Diploma holders: individuals holding a bachelor’s degree granted by any Higher Education Institution.


Steps for the application process:

1.       Before February 5, fill up the application form, uploading the required documentation:

a.       For academic mobility students:

b.       For diploma holders:

2.       The coordinator of each UFV requested course will evaluate your application, based on your curriculum vitae and transcript of records.

3.       Before March 4, the UFV international office will inform you the list of courses you are approved to register for.

4.       Classes will start on March 7, 2022 (except for INF100, which starts on May 2, 2022).


·       Good internet connection is mandatory to follow the activities!

·       For academic mobility, one of the required documents is an official nomination from the home institution. “Self-nominated” candidates are not accepted for academic mobility.

·       The program does not provide a degree - students who conclude courses will receive only an official transcript of records from UFV.







CBF 770

Plant Stress Physiology

Eduardo Gusmão

CIV 642

Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes

Ann H. Mounteer

ENT 662

Insect Physiology

Eugenio E. Oliveira

ENT 774

Insect-Microbe Interactions

Simon Luke Elliot

FIT 632

Plant Cell and Tissue Culture

Sérgio Yoshimitsu Motoike

FIT 678

Genetic Data Analysis

Guilherme da Silva Pereira

FIS 651

Electromagnetic Theory II

Winder A. de M. Melo

FIS 690

Soft Matter Physics

Márcio Santos Rocha

Leandro Guitierrez Rizzi

INF 100

Introduction to Programming

Vladimir Oliveira Di Iorio

LET 604

Portuguese for Foreigners

Idalena Chaves

MBI 610

Microbial Physiology

Antônio Galvão do Nascimento

ZOO 791

Introduction to Animal Breeding

SImone E. F. Guimarães



Timetable:  UTC -03:00









FIT 632


CIV 642

FIT 678




ENT 774

ENT 774



FIT 632


CIV 642

FIT 678


ZOO 791


ENT 774

ENT 774



FIT 632

MBI 610

CIV 642


MBI 610

ZOO 791

INF 100

FIT 678


INF 100

LET 604


LET 604


CBF 770


FIT 632

MBI 610

CIV 642


MBI 610

ZOO 791

INF 100

FIT 678


INF 100

LET 604


LET 604


CBF 770















ENT 662



ENT 662



ENT 662



ENT 662















·       For FIS 651 and FIS 690, the timetable will be defined later by the lecturer after discussing with the students enrolled.

·       All classes will take place from March 7 to July 1, 2022, EXCEPT the classes for INF 100, which will take place from May 2 to August 5, 2022.




CBF 700 - Plant Stress Physiology (45h)

1.     Plant stress responses.

2.     Metabolic adjustments and antioxidant metabolism.

3.     Light stress and thermic stress.

4.     Water stress and salinity.

5.     Nutritional stress and resistance to trace metals.

6.       Environmental pollution stress.


CIV 642 - Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes (60h)

Course objectives are to be able to analyze and model biological wastewater treatment processes, plan and evaluate monitoring and operational control programs and biological process optimization studies. Topics that will be discussed include applicability of biological processes, microbial ecology and bioenergetics of wastewater treatment, quantification and characterization of microorganisms, bioreactor hydraulics and kinetics, wastewater treatability studies. Processes focused on: anaerobic reactors, stabilization ponds, activated sludge, trickling and submerged aerobic filters and biological nutrient removal.


ENT 662 – Insect Physiology (60h)

1.     Size, scale and morphological adaptations.

2.     Embryonic and post-embryonic development.

3.     Tegument and Metamorphose (and its hormonal regulation).

4.     Diapause and biological rhythms.

5.     Reproductive system.

6.     Sensory systems.

7.     Locomotion (including muscles physiology) and nervous system.

8.     Insect flight and migratory movements.

9.     Insect nutrition and digestive system.

10.  Hemolymph, circulatory and immunological systems.

11.  Gas exchange (respiration) and temperature control systems.

12.  Excretory system.


ENT 774 – Insect-Microbe Interactions (60h)

1.       Introduction to Insect-Microbe Interactions (What is symbiosis? Parasitism and mutualism as a continuum | Modes of transmission of symbionts | Theory on evolution of virulence | Types of parasitism: castration, gigantism etc, host manipulation | Immune defence | Insects as vectors: plants versus animals and vectors as hosts | Types of mutualism | An overview of applications (microbial control and biotechnology))

2.       Insect-Virus Interactions (Baculoviruses and other occluded viruses | Arthropod vectors of plant viruses | Arthropod vectors of animal viruses | Mutualistic or nonpathogenic viruses (or their remnants))

3.       Insect-Prokaryote Interactions (Bacillus thuringiensis | Other bacilli and other bacterial pathogens | Wolbachia and other sex ratio distorters | Bacteria as defensive and trophic mutualists | Insects as vectors of prokaryotes

4.       Insect-Protist Interactions (Protists as pathogens and trophic mutualists)

5.       Insect-Fungus Interactions (Entomophthoraceae - obliged to kill | Hypocrealean pathogens | Trophic mutualisms and fungiculture | Insects, endophytes and phytopathogenic fungi | Microsporidia)

6.       Insect-nematode interactions (Nematode parasites of insects | Nematode pathogens with bacterial mutualisms)

7.       Extensions (The insect microbiome and food webs | Production of entomopathogens | Biotechnological applications | Management of vectorborne diseases | Diseases of beneficial insects)


FIT 632 – Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (60h)

1.       Plant cell and tissue culture: definition, history and applications.

2.       Plant cell and tissue culture facilities: organization of a tissue culture laboratory, equipment and supplies and basic techniques.

3.       The components of plant tissue culture media: mineral components, organic components, plant growth regulators, geling agents, pH. Organogenesis: definition, organogenesis process, developmental sequences, control and examples.

4.       Somatic embryogenesis: definition, somatic embryogenesis process, developmental stages, control of embryogenesis and examples.

5.       Micropropagation: applications, types, stages and limitations.

6.       In vitro clonal cleanse: techniques and applications.

7.       Variations in plant tissue culture: somaclonal variations, epigenetic variations, origin of the variations, control of the variations, examples.

8.       Mutagenesis in vitro: induction methods, selection of mutants, application of in vitro mutagenesis in plant breeding.

9.       Embryo rescue and culture: applications and culture techniques.

10.   In vitro germplasm Conservation: importance, methods and applications.

11.   Production of haploids plants in vitro.

12.   In vitro protoplast culture: protoplast isolation and cultivation, protoplast fusion.

13.   Plant transformation: plant tissue culture as pre-requisite for transformation,

14.   Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, gene gun, electroporation, virus mediated method.


FIT 678 – Genetic Data Analysis (60h)

1.       Introduction to genetic data analysis;

2.       Molecular markers;

3.       Mapping populations;

4.       Linkage map;

5.       QTL mapping;

6.       Genetic data analysis of outcrossing species;

7.       Genome-wide association studies;

8.       Genomic selection;

9.       Genetic data analysis of autopolyploid species.


FIS 651 – Eletromagnetic Theory II (60h)

1.       The formalism of special relativity.

2.       Dynamics of relativistic particles.

3.       Radiation of moving charges.

4.       Canonical formulation of Electromagnetism and conservation laws.


FIS 690 – Soft Matter Physics (60h)

1.       Intermolecular forces.

2.       Self-organized systems and phase transitions.

3.       Polymers. Surfaces and surfactants.

4.       Brownian motion and thermal fluctuations.

5.       Diffusion and permeation in soft matter.

6.       Rheology in soft matter.

7.       Ionic soft matter.


INF 100 – Introduction to Programming (60h)

1.       Elements of an algorithmic language.

2.       Basic commands (assignment, conditional, repetition).

3.       Arrays.

4.       Functions.

(The language adopted is Python)


LET 604 - Portuguese for Foreigners (60h)

1.       Listening comprehension and analysis of oral texts, in Portuguese.

2.       Production of oral texts.

3.       Analysis of academic written texts.

4.       Reading and interpretation of written texts.

5.       Writing texts related to several academic genres (abstracts, conference presentations, bibliographical essays, journal articles, conference proceedings, etc.)

6.       Vocabulary and grammar.

7.       Preparation for the Portuguese language proficiency exam for foreigners (Celpe-bras).


MBI 610 – Microbial Physiology (60h)

8.     Microbial cell structure and function.

9.     Composition, organization and physiology of microbial cells.

10.  Nutrient transport and protein secretion.

11.  Growth of microbial populations.

12.  Thermodynamics and energy conservation in biological systems.

13.  Introduction to cellular bioenergetics.

14.  Electron transport.

15.  Bioenergetics in the citosol.

16.  Classification of microbial metabolism.

17.  Central metabolic pathways.

18.  Flux in central metabolic pathways.

19.  Fermentations.

20.  Autotrophy.

21.  Mineral nutrition.

22.  Monomer biosynthesis.

23.  Polymer biosynthesis.

24.  Growth yield.

25.  Regulation of metabolic pathways.

26.  Multigene networks and global regulation systems.

27.  Nutrient limitation responses and growth rate effects on cellular physiology.

28.  Environmental adaptive responses.

29.  Cellular communications and biofilms.

30.  Cellular differentiation and morphogenesis.


ZOO 791 – Introduction to Animal Breeding (45h)

1.     Definition of animal breeding;

2.     How can animal breeding help in animal production?

3.     Genetic parameters in animal breeding;

4.     Correlation, inbreeding and crosses;

5.     Genomics applied to animal breeding;

6.     Breeding and genomics applied to the main livestock species: cattle (beef and milk), pigs, poultry, horses.