Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Account for the molecular mechanisms involved in the synthesis, structure and replication of DNA, transcription of genes, and translation of mRNA
  • Account for the structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes
  • Account for commonly used databases and use common search tools for retrieving data and linking data from public databases


  • Evaluate the use of a variety of central molecular biology techniques
  • Account for possibilities and limitations in sequence comparison algorithms and use these algorithms for the analysis of molecular evolution of genes and proteins
  • Recite the principles behind advanced algorithms for data mining: e.g. Neural Networks, Hidden Markov Chains and Support Vector Machines
  • Analyse simple data from microarray and sequence tag based gene expression analysis
  • Produce a strategy for the physical cloning of a gene using information retrieved from databases


  • Interpret the central dogma of molecular biology

Type of instruction

  • Lectures and theoretical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examMolecular Biology and Bioinformatics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleMolekylærbiologi og bioinformatik
Module codeK-BT-K1-24
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science