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KJE-2004 Bioinformatics - An introduction - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Science and Technology

Type of course

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

Course contents

With the recent revolution in our biological understanding and available data, and the rapid development of new technologies, it is today expected that modern biologists are competent in using bioinformatics tools. This course introduces students to Bioinformatics and Bioinformatics tools, and provides participants with hands-on training. Students will be introduced to biological sequence data (DNA and protein sequences, whole genomes, learn to access major sequence databases and use a variety of web-based services. During the course, the students will learn to retrieve, analyze, compare and visualize genetic sequences.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester 

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries: KJE-1001 or equivalent

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have some prior knowledge of chemistry and/or biology (participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants).

Objective of the course

The student will have basic knowledge and proficiency within bioinformatics. This means that the student


Background basics


Biological databases


Sequence alignments


Protein structure prediction


Evolutionary processes







Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Reports may be written in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 27 h, Laboratory: 24 h PC-based exercises.


A 4 hour final written exam counting 100%. Letter grades A-E, F - fail. 

Work requirement: Approved project reports. Mandatory attendance in laboratory exercises.

Students who have not passed the last ordinary exam can re-sit the written exam early the following semester.

Date for examination

Written examination 03.12.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

BIO-2304 Introduction to Bioinformatics 10 stp
Lectures Autumn 2020
First attendance: See time schedule. First attendance is mandatory. More information will be given in the first lecture.
Lectures prof. Peik Haugen
Lab gruppe 1 prof. Peik Haugen
Lab gruppe 2 prof. Peik Haugen
Lab gruppe 3 prof. Peik Haugen
Lab gruppe 4 prof. Peik Haugen