2017-2018 / BIOL2015-3

Molecular biology


24h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in bioengineering2 crédits 
 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Luc Willems

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

During this course, the molecular mechanisms involved in DNA replication, transcription and translation will be described. The course includes:
- basic principles of DNA structure as well as gene regulation and function;
- mechanisms of DNA repair, epigenetic regulation, microRNAs, signal transmission and posttranslational modifications;
- molecular biology techniques.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After this course, the student should be able to understand and explain the basic principles of molecular biology (DNA structure, transcription, translation and mechanisms of gene regulation). He will also master the main applications of molecular biology.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

- BIOL2010-1 Cell biology - CHIM9268-1 General Chemistry - CHIM9255-3 Organic chemistry - CHIM9239-2 Chemistry of biological molecules

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)


Recommended or required readings

- Molecular Biology of the Gene 7th ed. (Watson, Baker, Bell, Gann, Levine, Losik), Pearson International, 2014
- Molecular Biology 2th ed. (Clark and Pazdernik), APCell press, 2013

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Luc Willems
Reserach Director at FNRS
Professor at ULg
Molecular and cellular biology
081 62 21 57 Luc.willems@ulg.ac.be

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