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Archived Curricula Guide 2014–2015
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BIO2080 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Bioinformatics
Person in charge
Antti Ylipää and Martti Tolvanen
Preceding studies
Introduction to biochemistry and Introduction to molecular biology or similar basic knowledge of nucleic acids, genes and proteins.


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

Practical skills to find, retrieve and analyze data from major bioinformatic databases; construction of multiple sequence alignments; critical evaluation of analysis results; elementary knowledge of phylogenetics; basic understanding of protein structure data and its 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

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Web course and Moodle activity  Participation in course work 
In English
Bioinformatic analysis of a protein  Project / practical work 
In English
Molecular graphics project  Project / practical work 
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Your learning will be evaluated based on your learning diary work, projects, and Moodle activity. Evaluation criteria include demonstrating the understanding of key concepts in your projects and/or diary, reflection of your learning, sharing of your ideas and findings in the forums, completing all analyses required for the main project and interpreting the results, and working in the given 8-week deadline. The weighting of different parts is 60/10/10/20 for main project, graphics project, diary and Moodle work, respectively.

Study materials

Course material in Moodle.

Further information

In the academic year 2014-2015 this course will be substituted by the course BIO2085 Bioinformatics Tools.

Belongs to following study modules

Free choice studies (Bioinformatics)