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Course module: B-MINBI08
Introduction to Bioinformatics for Life Sciences
Course info
Course codeB-MINBI08
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Contact persondr. ir. B. van Breukelen
Contactperson for the course
dr. ir. B. van Breukelen
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dr. ir. B. van Breukelen
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prof. dr. B. Snel
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Teaching period
W23A  (15/10/2018 to 08/03/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
W23A/  W48A
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Remarkdata: 15-10-2018 till 26-10-2018 or 25-2-2019 till 8-3-2019. Enrollement: via website:
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processdocent
After completion the course, the student:
knows methods and concepts relevant to bioinformatics, in particular
1.  next Generation (genome) sequencing,
2.  genome variation and its relevance for disease,
3.  the interdependency between protein sequence, structure and function
4.  bioinformatic analysis of transcrtiptomics data
5.  bioinformatics of protein mass- spectrometry
6.  data integration of protein interaction networks
After completion the course, the student is able to:
1. navigate different Genome Browsers
2. perform pairwise and profile based sequence searches
3 .construct and understand phylogenetic trees
4. perform elementary analyses on systems biology data
 Description: “Introduction to Bioinformatics for Molecular Biologists” is a joint course for the various life science Masters programs at the Utrecht University. This introductory course provides an overview of the importance of bioinformatics in various biological disciplines. While a biological background is required, no programming skills are needed. The course can be considered a general introduction to bioinformatics, with a focus on the research that is performed at Utrecht University. The theory and tools for bioinformatics provided are very useful for any life science researcher. The course will be partially theoretical with lectures taking up to 30% of the day while the major focus will be on working with various tools and datasets. These computer tasks are performed in groups of 2 students. The maximum number of participants for this course is 40 students. The course will be concluded on the last day with an exam that consists of normal pen-and-paper questions but also of tasks that should be completed on the computer. Active participation during the course provides sufficient preparation to complete the exam. Furthermore, follow-up courses are organized later in the year that will allow you to specialize in specific directions. Students are expected to be familiar with the subjects from this introductory course when participating in any of the follow-up courses.

Registration: via the webpage of the CGDB:

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme: No

Optional for students in other Master’s programmes GS-LS: Neuroscience and Cognition, especially the tracks Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioural Neuroscience; Environmental Biology, especially the specialization programme Behavioural Ecology; and any other master programme with relevant basal courses.
Entry requirements
You must have a valid study entrance permit
Prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor of Science in a molecular life sciences (or related) field
Required materials
Recommended materials
Internet pages
Online repository of slides and assignments
Putty (linux)
Instructional formats
Computer practical



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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