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, 23 May 2013
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

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

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to

  • demonstrate basic knowledge of cell and molecular biology
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of evolution of cells and organisms
  • analyse and discuss research topics within bioinformatics
  • demonstrate an insight in current research and understand and evaluate techniques used in scientific articles
  • implement standard techniques used in bioinformatics in a research environment
  • communicate efficiently in a team, prepare and give a scientific presentation
  • organise work according to an agreed time plan

In the course, an introduction to Master's studies is included. After passing this module, the

student should be able to

  • demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development, including questions of plagiarism
  • demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of bioinformatics and its role in society
  • make an individual study plan.


Basic knowledge of DNA and chromosomes. Replication, transcription and translation. Recombination and repair of DNA. Regulation of gene expression. Protein structure and function. The components of the cell. Application of bioinformatic research. Computer exercises within a bioinformatic research setting. Ethical aspects within education and research. The role of bioinformatics in the society.


The teaching will be given in the form of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, and project work.


The following requirements apply to pass the modules:

For the basic cell- and molecular biology module (5 credits) passing a written examination and active participation in seminars are required.

For the bioinformatics in research module (6 credits) passing a written examination as well as completed lab reports and active participation in seminars are required.

For passing the group project module (2 credits) oral seminar presentation in group is required.

For the introduction to the Master's studies (2 credits) active participation in seminars, written report and study planning will be required.

Other directives

The course has students from various backgrounds, and teaching will partially be given with individual approach.