MBV-INF4410 – Bioinformatics for Molecular Biology

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Course content

This course will introduce students to bioinformatics resources and tools for molecular biology research. Scientists actively developing and applying bioinformatics tools in their research will talk about their fields in general as well as their own work. Students must bring a lap-top for in-course demonstrations as well as practical lab exercises. The course is mainly intended for biology students but is also open for students with a computer science or related background  wishing to extend their knowledge of informatics problems in the biological domain. No prior background in bioinformatics or computer science is required.

Learning outcome

This course seeks to provide students with a broad overview of multiple areas in bioinformatics. Each subject area will introduce requisite background in statistics or other mathematical concepts. Practical alignments and problem solving methods will be introduced.

Some topics covered:
• Review of probability and statistics with special emphasis on high throughput analysis
• Unix command line
• Introduction to basic programming and scripting
• Biological databases
• Sequence alignments and BLASTing
• Structural biology: tools, predictors and 3D modeling
• Introduction to virtual screening and drug discovery
• High throughput sequencing data analysis
• Gene lists and over-representation analysis


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.

Students may be studying at the B.Sc.or M.Sc. levels. Priority will be given to students with the highest number of credits.

There is limited admission to the course for students from each study programme.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

This course is open to students studying biology, math or computer science. Since it is a multidisciplinary course, there are no formal prerequisites. However, students must have at least 120 study points to apply. Students should also have a basic understanding of biology/molecular biology.

The course is open for students from the Faculty of Medicine Medical Student Research Program ( Forskerlinjen).

Recommended previous knowledge

Students should have a basic understanding of molecular biology, at least roughly corresponding to 5-10 university study points in molecular biology, biochemistry, or similar. The course might be relevant also for students without this background, but candidates should in this case contact the course coordinator before signing up.

Overlapping courses


The course is given as a five weeks intensive course, consisting of lectures and in-class tutorials and exercises. It is only necessary to be physically present at the UiO campus for certain parts of the course.

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 take-home exam (one week). Obligatory assignments must be completed and approved before the exam and in the same semester.

An additional, limited, oral examination may be arranged in cases where this is necessary for the student evaluation


Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students may use notes and handouts collected throughout the course.

Language of examination

The language of examination is generally English. You can apply to the administrators of the course to be given the exam text in Norwegian.

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.

Evaluering av MBV-INF4410 2012

Evaluering av MBV-INF4410 2007



The Bioinformatics for Molecular Biology course is offered by the Department of Biosciences (IBV) and the Department of Informatics (IFI). The course is given at IFI, mainly with teaching provided by the Computational Life Science (CLS) initiative

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