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CS 541 — Introduction to Bioinformatics
(dt. Einführung in die Bioinformatik)

Level, degree of commitment Advanced module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (2 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
180 hours (60 h attendance, 120 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Computer Science.
Subject, Origin Computer Science, B.Sc. Computer Science
One semester,
Regelmäßig alle 2 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Dominik Heider


Selected bioinformatic methods required for calculations in the natural sciences, in particular from the field of biological databases (e.g. NCBI, Swissprot), algorithms for sequence alignments (e.g. Needleman-Wunsch, Smith-Waterman, ClustalW, BLAST), phylogenetic reconstruction, as well as methods from the field of structural bioinformatics (e.g. pymol, docking). The methods are presented in the lecture. During the exercise, their application will be practiced using concrete case studies.

Qualification Goals

The students are familiar with the most important bioinformatic methods required for calculations in the natural sciences. They have understood these methods and are able to select and carry out suitable bioinformatic procedures for concrete case studies.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: either Algorithms and Data Structures or Practical Informatics II: Data Structures and Algorithms for Pre-Service-Teachers.

Recommended Reading

  • Selzer, Marhöfer, Rohwer: Applied Bioinformatics, Springer
  • Weitere Literatur wird in der Lehrveranstaltung bekanntgegeben.

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