MBV-INF9410 – Bioinformatics for Molecular Biology

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course will introduce students to resources and tools in bioinformatics 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.

Learning outcome

This course seeks to provide students with a broad overview practical tools used in bioinformatics. Each subject area will introduce requisite background in statistics or other mathematical concepts.

Some topics covered:

• Review of probability and statistics with special emphasis on high throughput analysis

• Working in a shell environment

• Using programming and scripting to develop analytical pipelines

• Biological databases

• Sequence-read mapping

• 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

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


The courses  MBV-INF9410 and MBV-INF4410 have joint admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. Master students and PhD candidates at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
  2. Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates.
  3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students

Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc.If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally

This course is open to students studying biology, mathematics or computer science. Students must have at least 120 study points to apply. Students must have a basic understanding of biology/molecular biology at least corresponding to 10 university study points in molecular biology 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 five weeks intensive course that consists of:

  • Lectures 

  • In-class tutorials 

  • Exercises

  • A written assignment given during the course that must be approved.

It is only necessary to be physically present at the UiO campus for certain parts of the course. 

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for absence is not provided to the student administration studieinfo@ibv.uio.no before the first lecture. 

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.  


One week take home exam.

Obligatory assignments must be completed and approved before the exam and in the same semester.

When writing your assignments make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

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

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 courses: MBV-INF4410 – Bioinformatics for Molecular Biology.

Examination support material

Students may use notes and handouts collected throughout the course.

Language of examination

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

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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. 4, 2020 7:14:51 PM

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