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300353 UE Applied programming for Bioinformatics (2020W)

Principles and techniques for simple programming to solve biological problems, using a common programming language. Practical experience with text processing and automation of external programms.

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Preliminary meeting on the 6.10.2020, 13:30 via Zoom conference

Tuesday 06.10. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.10. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 10:00 - 14:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Orientation in programming languages and how to set up a programming environment. Programming basics: data types, assignments, flow control, functions and procedures, debugging. Sorting and searching. Finding and using existing programming libraries. Automating external programmes and web services, and parsing results. Object orientation.

Assessment and permitted materials

Solutions to exercises are handed in weekly, and grading is based on the completion of exercises and the final project.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

After the course, the students will know principles and techniques for construction of simple programs for solving problems in bioinformatics, using a common scripting programming language. The participants will have practical experience with implementation of text processing and parsing as well as communication with external programs from within a common scripting programming language. The method of work at the course will also train the participants to plan and complete projects.

Examination topics

The course will be in the form of short lectures, followed by longer individual exercises. A larger applied exercise/project is given at the end of the course.

Reading list

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 10:11