Bioinformatics - Starting Course

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MB700

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Bioinformatics A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 16 March 2009
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

Admitted to the Master's programme (two-year) in Bioinformatics.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to prepare the student for further studies in the Master's programme (two-year) in Bioinformatics.

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • give examples of bioinformatic applications in evolutionary biology, structural biology, medicine and pharmacology
  • outline chosen biological contexts and issues of interest from a bioinformatic perspective
  • discuss and explain biological and bioinformatic working methods and methodology within the Master's programme (two-year) and a future working life
  • discuss important questions within biology and bioinformatics of today, possibilities, limitations and ethical problems
  • critically analyse, evaluate and compile obtained results


Compulsory module

Current trends within bioinformatics 2 credits

The bioinformatic research areas of today Research and development is presented. The students prepare by reading a bioinformatic article and the lecture include a discussion where the students are expected to participate actively.

Research ethics and biotechnical ethics, examples of problems and current controversies

Gender perspective in research and development, introductory lecture and discussion

The professional role of bioinformaticians Invited lecturers from different workplaces give example of career choices

Examples of elective modules:

From genes to cells 13 credits

Bioinformatic analyses 13 credits


Lectures, seminars and computer exercises.


Active participation in seminars is required for a pass grade in the compulsory module. For elective modules, passed results of written tests, written assignments, approved computer exercises and presentations are required.