2023-2024 / BIOL0320-2

Molecular Biology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in pharmacy4 crédits 


Franck Dequiedt

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course will be given and evaluated in French.
In this course, a series of fundamental molecular concepts will be given that are connected to the transmission and usage of the genetic information (from the gene to the protein). We will also include examples of how these concepts have been used to develop new therapeutic approaches.
Course chapters :
1: Nucleic acids
2: Ogranisation of the genetic material
3: Replication
4: Mutations, recombinaison and repair
5: The various forms of RNA
6: Transcription and principles of gene expression
7: Translation and the genetic code

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To gain a deep understanding of the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, gene transcription and translation. This course will also allow to the students to understand important differences between pro- and eukaryotes. On some occasion, we will discover how pharmacological agents can influence gene expression.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basics in Chemistry, Biology and Cellular Biology are necessary. The details of the co- and pre-required courses are indicated in each program.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching will be done in person, using slides. For some aspects, the students will be invited to consult internet links (videos, web pages, etc..). This information is not part of the teaching and is just suggested as complementary information. The slide shows will be accessible via the eCampus plateform.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

As much as possible, teaching will be done face-to-face, at Liège University. When required, the course will be given using the Teams platform live, or using pre-recorded videos with commentaries.

Recommended or required readings

No course notes. Students are required to take notes during lessons. Slide shows for each chapter will be made available to the students on the eCampus platform.
Reference text books will be suggested during the first lesson.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

Written examination, MCQ type. Training exams will be made available to the students on the eCampus platform, in order for them to practise MCQ.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Student identification card will be mandatory to obtain the access to the written examination. In case of non presentation of the card, acces to the examination will be denied.


Prof Franck Dequiedt, Laboratoire d'Expression des gènes et Cancer, GIGA-Research, B34, 5° étage Tél: 043669028 email : fdequiedt@uliege.be

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