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Undergraduate course

Applied Bioinformatics II

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMOL217
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester

Spring. This course has a limited capacity, enrollment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester.

Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The first lecture / orientation meeting is compulsory, which means you will lose your spot if you do not attend class that day. The time of the first lecture / orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the "Mitt UiB" learning platform.

Objectives and Content

Objectives and Content

The course offers students a thorough training in the use of selected bioinformatic tools for the functional annotation of genes. The course includes projects where students work together. These exercises are based on bioinformatics research at the department. As part of working with the project, students are trained to critically evaluate methods and results. The theme of the projects may vary every year, but at the moment are based on RNA-seq. The course can be part of the Master's program in molecular biology as long as it does not overlap with the content of the master's thesis. It is the supervisor of the master thesis and course coordinator responsible for  MOL217  that will together decide if there is an overlap.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to provide a thorough knowledge about selected bioinformatical tools through case-studies based on experimental data and evaluation of tool performance.

Upon completion of course MOL217, students should be able to:

- explain and discuss the choice of bioinformatics methods that can be used to explore a given problem related to the functional consequence of gene expression data, and use these methods to carry out a project assignment based on independent work and work in groups.

- analyze and discuss results from a major bioinformatics project assignment in the light of own data and data from scientific articles.

- present results and analyzes from a bioinformatics project assignment as a project report.

Required Previous Knowledge

The students should know basic principles of molecular biology (MOL100+MOL200 or equivalent) and must have passed an introductory course in applied bioinformatics (MOL204 or equivalent).

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MOL201 and MOL203

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

For start-up on the course, there is a requirement for a study right attached to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and that you meet any admission requirements.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Project exercises and group work.Completed activities are valid for 3 semesters. The first lecture / orientation meeting is compulsory.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment. Written semester thesis consisting of individual work (70% of total marks) and report of group work (30% of total marks). Compulsory activity must be approved to take the exam.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Ordinary exam in spring semester. In semesters with no teaching there will be no exam.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the teaching in line with UiB and the department's quality assurance system.


Department og Biological Sciences, e-mail: studie@bio.uib.no