BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

We can often understand more of a complex system by examining simplified models of it. This course gives an introduction to creating and experimenting with simple models of biological systems. The computer and the programming language Python are used to create a virtual biological laboratory to find solutions to problems derived from genetics, evolution, ecology and bioinformatics.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • have familiarity with Python programming and can use data structures, functions and modules, as well as loops and conditionals
  • can organize biological data, read and write such data to / from file and make graphical representations
  • can model biological systems using difference equations, vector and matrix arithmetic and basic probability calculations
  • can document, disseminate and present simple models of biological systems

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2)

And in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics R2
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

Mathematics R2 was a requirement up until and including the study year 2021/2022, as part of a trial arrangement. From and including the study year 2022/2023, Mathematics R2 is no longer a requirement.

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Overlapping courses


The weekly schedule consists of:

  • Lectures

  • Organized group tutorials with teaching assistants (mandatory)

  • Participatory live coding (mandatory the first week)

Have a look at the semester page for further information.

Mandatory assignments must be approved and mandatory attendance registered before the student can attend the exam. 

Approved mandatory coursework is valid for 5 years.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if notice is not given to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Submission of compulsory assignments is required. 

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Final home exam which counts 100% towards the final grade. 

Mandatory assignments must be approved and mandatory attendance registered before the student can attend the exam. 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 3, 2022 4:20:49 PM

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