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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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BIOI2080 Introduction to Bioinformatics 4 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Martti Tolvanen
Preceding studies
Introduction to biochemistry and Introduction to molecular biology or similar basic knowledge of nucleic acids, genes and proteins.

Learning outcomes

Practical skills to find, retrieve and analyze data from major bioinformatic databases; develop judgement to evaluate analysis results; elementary knowledge of phylogenetics; basic understanding of protein structures and protein visualization.


A general introduction to key areas of bioinformatics: bioinformatic databases, genomics, DNA and protein sequences, protein structures; theory and practice of the most common computational tools used in bioinformatics. Same course as BIKE2080 (3 ECTS), but supplemented with an additional molecular graphics project.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work 0 h 80 h

Work on the internet course (estimated 30 h), guided by on-line tutoring and optional live tutoring sessions. The course includes small, obligatory assignments during the self-study period and a larger project in the end (estimated 30 h). The project is documented in a written report which is evaluated by the tutor. Learning extra molecular graphics and producing images, constitutes a second project (estimated 20 h).

Teaching language


Modes of study

Small assignments are completed within the web course environment. Final project reports are submitted via Moodle.


Numeric 1-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year autumn

Recommended as soon as possible. Continuous registration during terms. The course is open for self-study even during holidays, but with limited or no tutoring from June to August.

Study materials

Course material on the internet

Further information

Enrolment: http://bioinf.uta.fi/courses/
Organization responsible: Tampere IBT

Belongs to following study modules

Institute of Biomedical Technology
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Institute of Biomedical Technology