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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

Today's methods in molecular biology produce large datasets that require specialised computational tools to be analysed. These make it possible to tackle questions in the biosciences that were previously seen as unanswerable. This course will introduce central topics, theories and tools in bioinformatics, and teach you to use these to compare and analyse biological datasets.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • can compare sequences of nucleotides and amino acids to provide functional and evolutionary information
  • can analyse and visualise protein structure information
  • can use simple programming to implement algorithms relevant to bioinformatics
  • can perform simple analyses of datasets from high-throughput sequencing technologies
  • can discuss and assess the use of methods for sequence and structure analyses
  • can explain the theoretical and statistical principles underlying sequence and structure analysis

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.

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.

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) + 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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

A background in elementary programming, equivalent to the content of BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences.

BIOS1110 – Celle- og molekylærbiologi og STK1000 – Introduction to Applied Statistics

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures
  • Organized group tutorials with TA per week (Mandatory for the first four weeks)
  • Independent tutorials with mandatory assignments where TA is available (Mandatory for the first four weeks) 

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you will lose your seat on the course if you have not informed the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Approved mandatory course work is valid for 3 years.

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 written exam which counts 100% towards the final grade. 

Mandatory assignments must be passed and mandatory attendance registered prior to students sitting for the exam.

Approved mandatory course work is valid for 3 years.

Exam attempts 

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following course: MBV3070 – Bioinformatics (discontinued)

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 8, 2021 9:16:23 AM

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