Syllabus for Introduction to Programming, Scientific Computing and Statistics

Introduktion till programmering, beräkningsvetenskap och statistik

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1TD349
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Computer Science G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2018-03-06
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-02-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 45 credits in biology with 30 hp in molecular biology, cell biology, evolution and/or genetics; and 15 credits in mathematics/statistics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Information Technology

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the key concepts covered in scientific computing and statistics, and perform tasks that require knowledge of these concepts;
  • describe and apply algorithms and methods covered in the course;
  • analyze properties of the computational algorithms, mathematical and statistical models, by using the analytical tools presented in the course;
  • apply basic experimental design methods;
  • solve computational problems in a structured way (by breaking down the problem into sub-problems) and implement in Matlab;
  • use basic Linux and shellscript.


The course has three parts: scientific computing and basig programming, statistics and multivariate data analysis, and introduction to Linux .
Part 1(4 credits): Matrices, vectors and solution to linear equation systems numerical solution to integrals, introduction to Monte Carlo methods. Matlab and fundamentals in programming, e.g. control stuctures (if, for, while) and functions.
Part 2 (4 credits): Statistics and multivariate data analysis: fundamentals i statistics (distributions, expected value, varians, standard deviation etc.). Basics in univariate analysis (t-test, anova, correlation and regression). Principal component analysis. Predictive multivariate data analysis.
Part 3 (2 credits): Linux through bash (e.g. pipelines and commands like grep, awk and forth) and Shellscript.


Lectures, problem solving classes, computer lab, assignments.

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Written exam (part 1 and 2). Assignments (part 1, part 2 and part 3).

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.