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KJE-3604 Bioinformatics: Microbial genomics and metagenomics - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Science and Technology

Type of course

Theoretical and practical course. The course is available as a singular or elective course independent of study programs, also to exchange students. The course is offered on condition that a minimum number of students register for the course.

Course contents

Bioinformatics is a combination of biological science and information technology used in analyzing and deriving conclusions from large data sets. This course introduces the students to bacterial genomics and metagenomics. Genome-scale sequencing projects have led to an explosion of genetic information (gene sequences) available for analysis. The student will learn how these sequences can lead to a much fuller understanding of many biological processes.


The aim is to provide a theoretical introduction of the topics, tools and current trends in bacterial genomics and metagenomics, followed by practical exercises using the methodology on Next generation sequence data. Major topics will include:


Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1st of December for the spring semester.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1st of October for the spring semester

Admission requirements

Required: A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biotechnology or equivalent, with a grade C or better in the Norwegian grading system.

Recommended: KJE-2004 or equivalent.

Objective of the course

The student will have acquired a solid and broad theoretical basis to understand bioinformatics. This means that the student







Teaching methods

The course will be taught as a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical lab work. Lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises: 80 h


Evaluation of orally presented report. Pass/fail.

Work requirement: Minimum eight out of ten reports submitted in Canvas.

Students who fail the exam may register for re-sit the following semester.

Course overlap

KJE-8602 Bioinformatics - genome and genome analysis 5 stp
Lectures Spring 2020
First attendance is compulsory: See time schedule
Lectures/Labwork The course has a limit of 18 students. Students at the Master degree programme in Technology - molecular biotechnology are prioritized. Other students will be ranked after number of achieved credits. Please inform Nils Peder Willassen if you plan to attend the course.

forsker Erik Hjerde
prof. Nils Peder Willassen