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Algorithms in Bioinformatics
(dt. Algorithmische Bioinformatik)

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Advanced module, compulsory elective module
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: 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: Written or oral examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course M.Sc. Computer Sciences.
Original study programme M.Sc. Informatik / Vertiefungsbereich Informatik
One semester,
Regelmäßig alle 2 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Alfred Ultsch


  • Biological basics
  • DNA analysis and gene detection
  • Microarray techniques and analysis
  • Visualization and dimension reduction
  • Genes Ontologies
  • overrepresentation analysis
  • Micro-RNAs and their functions
  • Knowledge discovery in biological knowledge bases

Qualification Goals

The students shall

  • understand basic questions and goals in bioinformatics,
  • know the basic concepts of DNA and protein modelling,
  • acquire knowledge of the algorithmic basics of bioinformatic applications,
  • understand and apply methods of knowledge discovery in biological databases,
  • practice scientific working methods (recognizing, formulating, solving problems, training the ability to abstract),
  • practice oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience.


None. Basic knowledge in the scope of the module Introduction to Computer Science is recommended. Biological basics will be recapitulated, therefore no previous knowledge is required.

Recommended Reading

  • - J. Xiong. Essential Bioinformatics. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • - W. W. Cohen. A Computer Scientist’s Guide to Cell Biology. Springer-Verlag, 2007.
  • - N. Cristianini, M.W. Hahn. Introduction to Computational Genomics – A case studies approach. Cambridge press, 2007.
  • - F. J. Burkowski. Structural Bioinformatics – An algorithmic approach. Chapman & Hall, CRC, 2009..

Please note:

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