2023-2024 / BIOC9244-1

Genetics and introduction to molecular ecology


20h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biology2 crédits 


Marc Hanikenne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Part 1. From genes to proteins

1. Transcription

2. RNA maturation

3. Translation

4. Transcriptionnal regulation

5. Regulation of translation and of mRNA half-life


Part 2. An Introduction to Molecular Ecology

6. An Introduction to Molecular Ecology

7. Molecular Biology Techniques

8. Genomics applied to Ecology

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The scope of the lectures is to introduce the theoretical and practical bases of the molecular gentic and biology, and to illustrate their application to evolution and conservation biology questions. The course will be to help students for the comprehension of other lectures of the master in ecology and biology of the organism and for the master in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Introduction to genetic ("bachelier" in biological sciences).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The pratical courses consist in problem-based learning activities concerning genetics, genetic engineering and molecular biology.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Lectures organised during first semester (weeks 6 to 13).

Practical courses: on 12 and 14 December (2:00 - 6:00 pm). Mandatory Test on 18 December (9:00 - 11:00 am).

These dates and hours could be modified (check regurarly on eCampus and your emails).

Recommended or required readings

- Biologie moléculaire - Exercices et méthodes, M. Thiry, N. Bourmeyster, J. Dommes, M. Lebrun, P. Rigo, M.-F. Versali, 2016, Dunod, Paris, EAN13: 9782100743261

- Lewins's Genes XI, J.E. Krebs, E.S. Goldstein, S.T. Kilpatrick, 2014, Jones & Barlett Learning, Burlington, USA, ISBN 978-1-4496-5985-1

- An Introduction to Molecular Ecology 3rd Edition, G. Rowe; M. Sweet; T. Beebee, OUP Oxford, ISBN 9780198716990

- Powerpoint presentations can be downloaded from MyULg (eCampus).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Test during practical courses: 25% of final score. The subject of the practical courses is not subject of the January exam. The test of the practical courses is dispensatory:

(i) in case of success (a mark higher than or equal to 10/20), the mark will be postponed for the August/September session. On the other hand, no partial exemption will be granted for practical courses for repeaters.

(ii) in case of failure (a mark lower than 10/20), the subject of the practical courses will be subject of the August/September session.

Written examination consisting in multiple choice questions and open questions: 75% of final score.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


- Prof. Marc Hanikenne, e-mail marc.hanikenne@uliege.be, 04/366.38.44

- Dr. Frédéric Bouché,  e-mail fbouche@uliege.be, 04/366.22.69

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Available on eCampus
Powerpoint slides, discussion forums and other support materials available on eCampus.