MOL3022 - Bioinformatics - Method Oriented Project


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 A

Course content

The course gives a practical and theoretical introduction to important methods in bioinformatics, including sequence library searches, pairwise and multiple alignment, phylogenetic analysis, gene prediction, ontology-based analyses, motif discovery and structure prediction. The students will be able to test the methods on realistic problems through computer-based exercises. The students will also do a method-oriented project highlighting the theory behind some important methods. An individual report from the implementation of a chosen method will be the basis for grading. The course is in particular targeted towards students with a background from computer science who wants an introduction to important methods that are used to analyse data from molecular biology.

The course overlaps with MOL3021, except for the project assignment.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course the student is able to:

  • explain the main principles of important algorithms and methods used in bioinformatics tools, including dynamic programming, hidden Markov models and neural networks
  • explain function and usage of important bioinformatics tools, in particular for analyses at the sequence level (genome, gene, RNA and protein)
  • describe important formats for storage and exchange of biological information
  • describe content and use of important bioinformatics databases and web portals
  • use bioinformatics tools and databases to analyse relevant data from molecular biology

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises (computer lab). The lectures are given intensively in two weeks in the spring semester, and includes initial work on the project assignment.

The language of instruction is English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Evaluation is done based on the project report. It is possible to get feedback on the project work and report before it is submitted. In the case of new evaluation in the following semester, a new report has to be submitted, and the topic of the project must be different from the previous project. The language of instruction is English, and the exam must be answered in English.

Course materials

Announced at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MOL3021 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
MOL3019 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
MTEK3001 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
BT3220 3.7 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medical Technology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Informatics
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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