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Master's Programme in Life Science Informatics is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • Algorithmic bioinformatics

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

Basic programming skills

Other courses in Algorithmic Bioinformatics study track

Describes the biological motivation, formulation as an algorithmic problem and a solution using basic algorithmic techniques of several computational problems in molecular biology. Solves small instances of the problems by simulating the algorithms and implements simple algorithms.

First or Second year, no prerequisite courses.

The course is offered in autumn, period 1, every second year (odd years)

The course introduces some basic algorithmic concepts and techniques through motivation by selected computational molecular biology problems.

The course follows the book: Phillip Compeau and Pavel Pevzner: Bioinformatics Algorithms - An Active Learning Approach. Active Learning Publishers, 2014.

An older course book covers a lot of the same topics: Neil C. Jones & Pavel A. Pevzner: An Introduction to Bioinformatics Algorithms. MIT Press, 2004.

The following is the current plan for Autumn 2017: teaching methods may evolve from year to year.

One chapter of the course book is covered in a one week period consisting of a lecture, a study group and exercises.
The lecture gives an overview of the topic. During the study group, students discuss additional material such as scientific articles, which they have read in advance.
To test their learning, students are given exercises, which they solve at home and then present and discuss during exercise session.

The following is the current plan for Autumn 2017: assesment practices may evolve from year to year.

Grading scale is 1...5.

One can earn up to 12 points from exercises and up to 48 points from course exam, up to 60 points in total.
Alternatively, one can earn up to 60 points from a separate exam, offered outside the course's contact teaching periods.

One should obtain 30 points to pass the course with grade 1. Grade 5 is obtained with 50 points out of the maximum 60. Linear scale is applied for other grades.
Deviations from the scheme are possible depending on the difficulty of the exam.

The contact teaching consists of weekly lectures, study groups and execises. Activive participation into the study groups and completion of sufficient number of exercises in addition to the course exam is required to pass the course as specified later.

Alternatively one can take a separate exam.