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Archived Curricula Guide 2014–2015
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BIO4280 Algorithms in Bioinformatics 4 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Bioinformatics
Person in charge
Pentti Riikonen


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide deeper knowledge on algorithms used in bioinformatics. Students should know how most used methods and algorithms work, like pairwise and multiple alignment, BLAST, FASTA, scoring systems, PGMA clustering, PCR and DNA fingerprinting.


We will focus on algorithms behind the methods introduced in the course Introduction to Bioinformatics. Such algorithms are for instance local and global alignment, sequence assembly, multiple alignment methods and algorithms in phylogenetics.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Lectures, independent work

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
In English
Written exam 
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Literature and lecture slides.

Further information

In the academic year 2014-2015 this course will be substituted by the course BIO4420 Programming and Algorithms for Bioinformatics II 4 ECTS.

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Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.