BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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.
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 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 theHigher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies(in Norwegian).
- 7 credits overlap with GEO1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences (discontinued).
- 7 credits overlap with GEO-KJM1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences and in chemistry (discontinued).
- 7 credits overlap with IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications.
- 7 credits overlap with INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued).
- 7 credits overlap with IN-KJM1900 – Introduksjon i programmering for kjemikere.
- 6 credits overlap with IN1000 – Introduction to Object-oriented Programming.
- 5 credits overlap with MAT-IN1105 – Programming, Modelling and Computations.
- 5 credits overlap with MAT-INF1100L – Programming, Modelling and Computations (continued).
- 4 credits overlap with INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued).
- 4 credits overlap with INF1001 – Grunnkurs i objektorientert programmering (discontinued).
The weekly schedule consists of:
Organized group tutorials with teaching assistants (mandatory)
Participatory live coding (mandatory)
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 email@example.com prior to the first lecture.
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.
This course has a final written digital exam in Inspera, 3 hours, that counts for 100% of the mark.
Only students who have had their mandatory assignments approved and can document mandatory attendance during the mandatory teaching may attend the exam.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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: