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

The course is administrated by

Institutt for kjemi

Type of course

Theoretical and practical course. 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 overlap

KJE-8602 Bioinformatics - genome and genome analysis 5 stp

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 microbial 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 microbial 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 has acquired a solid and broad theoretical basis to understand bioinformatics. This means that the student: 


Bioinformatics software platforms 

Genomics: quality control, assembly and annotation 

Comparative genomics and transcriptomics 

Evolutionary relationships and genetic diversity 

Metagenomics, amplicon and community profiling 




General competence    

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


Access to the examination requires completing the following course work requirements:  


Students who fail the exam may register for a re-sit exam early in the following semester 

Date for examination

Oral examination 01.06.2022

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