This course is replaced by IN4030 – Introduction to Bioinformatics.

INF4350 – Introductory Course in Bioinformatics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

This course provides an introduction to key concepts and methods in bioinformatics. Emphasis will be put on efficient algorithms and techniques used in common applications for the analysis of genetic sequences. Topics covered: comparison and alignment of two or more sequences, indexing and searching of sequence databases, motif discovery, searching with sequence patterns, gene prediction as well as mapping and assembly of data from genome sequencing. Necessary basic knowledge of molecular biology will be communicated throughout.

Learning outcome

After having completed INF4350 you should:

  • understand fundamental concepts in bioinformatics
  • have an overview of the most important methods and tools that are used
  • understand how some of the basic methods for biological sequence analysis works
  • appreciate the need for methods to be accurate and efficient
  • be able to implement some of the algorithms
  • be capable of performing simple sequence analyses using existing tools


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Recommended previous knowledge

INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued).

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of exercises per week.


Grade will be given based on two partial exams that count 15% each, and a final 4-hour written digital examination counting 70%. Failing one of the partial exams, still provides the opportunity to take the final written exam. All exams must be completed in one semester.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

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.

The subject is regarded equal to INF325 when practicing exam regulations.


It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)