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 assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

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


Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science