Bioinformatics - Starting Course

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MB700

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, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

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

Learning outcomes

On completion of 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
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of bioinformatics

    demonstrate basic knowledge of macromolecular structure, including structural, dynamical and classification analysis

  • analyse and discuss research topics within cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics.

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. Structure and function of proteins, RNA, and DNA. The components of the cell. Basic sequence and structural bioinformatics. 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, and laboratory sessions.


The following requirements apply to pass the modules:

For the basic cell- and molecular biology module ( 4 credits) passing a written examination and active participation in seminars are required.

For the bioinformatics in research module ( 5 credits) passing a written examination as well as completed lab reports and active participation in seminars are required.

For the structural bioinformatics module (4 credits), passing a written examination, completed assignments, lab exercises, and active participation are required.

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

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course has students from various backgroundand teaching will partially be given with individual approach.