BIOS1100 – Introduction to Computational Modelling in the Biosciences

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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 vector and matrix arithmetic and basic probability calculations
  • can document, disseminate and present simple models of biological systems


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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) + 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).


The weekly schedule consists of:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of organized group tutorials with teaching assistants
  • 2 hours of independent group tutorials where teaching assistants are on hand

Have a look at the semester page for further information.

There are mandatory assignments.

Approved mandatory assignments are 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 documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Only students who have had their mandatory assignments approved and can document mandatory attendance may sit for the exam.


This course has a final written digital exam that counts for 100 % of the mark.

Only students who have had their mandatory assignments approved and can document mandatory attendance may sit for the exam.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using 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.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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