2023-2024 / GENE0201-2



30h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biology4 crédits 


Claire Remacle

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

The theoretical course is divided into 10 chapters. The first two chapters are devoted to the organization of genes and genomes and to their replication and expression (transcription, translation). The three next chapters concern gene transmission, recombination and interaction between genes. Chapters 6 and 7 describe the types of mutations. Chapter 8 describes genetics of phages and bacteria. Chapter 9 is devoted to organelle genetics. Chapter 10 briefly describes the technology of recombinant DNA.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Description of the basis of formal and molecular genetics.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical courses: one afternoon is devoted to bacterial conjugation in Escherichia coli (interrupted conjugation) and the other one to intragenic complementation of arg- markers in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

Bacterial conjugation: conjugation is made between a donor strain harboring a fertility plasmid and a recipient strain. Conjugation is interrupted at defined times. Transfer of plasmid is detected by plating bacteria on growth media supplemented with antibiotics.

Intragenic complementation: activity of the argininosuccinate lyase is measured before and after a heat shock in a wild-type haploid strain, in mutant haploid arg- strain and in a diploid strain showing intragenic complementation at the arg7 locus.

At the end of the theoretical course, one afternoon is devoted to the resolution of problems of genetics.

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

Recommended or required readings

Syllabus and Power Point presentations on myULG.
Book: Introduction à l'analyse génétique, Griffith et al., DeBoeck

Any session :

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

For 1er session, written examination for problems of genetics and oral for theory. For 2nd session, written examination only for both problems of genetics and theory.
En cas d'examen à distance, l'examen sera oral à distance et comprendra une partie consacrée à la résolution de problèmes et une partie consacrée à la théorie.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Claire Remacle
Génétique et physiologie des microalgues, Institut de Botanique, Bât B22.
Tél 043663812, e-mail c.remacle@ulg.ac.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

theoretical course, ppt and exercices on myULG