Algorithms for Bioinformatics

Course introduces some basic algorithmic concepts and techniques through motivation by selected computational molecular biology problems. The goal is to obtain a solid basis for advanced studies in bioinformatics. Prerequisites: programming skills. Course book: Neil C. Jones and Pavel A. Pevzner: An Introduction to Bioinformatics Algorithms, MIT Press, 2000.
Vuosi Lukukausi Päivämäärä Periodi Kieli Vastuuhenkilö
2010 syksy 06.09-13.10. 1-1 Englanti


Aika Huone Luennoija Päivämäärä
Ma 12-14 B222 Veli Mäkinen 06.09.2010-13.10.2010
Ke 10-12 B222 Veli Mäkinen 06.09.2010-13.10.2010
To 10-12 BK107 Veli Mäkinen 07.10.2010-07.10.2010


Group: 1
Aika Huone Ohjaaja Päivämäärä Huomioitavaa
Ma 10-12 C222 Niko Välimäki 13.09.2010—15.10.2010

The lecture on Wed 6th of Oct has been moved to Thu 7th of Oct at 10-12 in room BK107.

Information for international students

Course will be given in English. 





News: Exam graded. See 2. floor notice board for results and  here for solutions and grounds for grading. Feedback session is on 1st November at 14:15-15:00 B218.

Course introduces basic algorithmic concepts through motivation by selected computational molecular biology problems. It is targeted especially to students from biological sciences who want to obtain a foundational level understanding of computer science behind bioinformatics tools. Also suitable for first year students in Master"s Degree Programme in Bioinformatics. Prerequisites: programming skills.

Learning goal matrix

Kurssin suorittaminen

The course consists of lectures, study groups, and exercices, as follows:

  • Mon 12-14 there will be an introductory lecture to the week's topics.
  • Wed 10-12 there will be (mandatory) study group meeting aiming at an in-depth coverage of the week's topics.
  • Mon 10-12 there will be an exercice session on the previous week's topics.

Introductory lecture ends with a list of topics and their assignments to the students. The topic is to be studied
carefully before gathering to the study group meeting on Wednesday, with the fellow student studying the same topic, to form
a common understanding of the assigned topic. Then the groups will be mixed so that each group has an
expert from each topic, and the rest of the Wednesday's study group is devoted to teaching each others the material adopted.
Exercise session tests the understanding of all topics.

There will be an exam giving 60 points at the maximum. Active participation to exercises gives maximum 6 extra points (25%->1p,37.5%->2p,50%->3p,62.5%->4p,75%->5p,87.5%->6p). The grading is then based on the total points achieved.

Kirjallisuus ja materiaali

Course book


Neil C. Jones & Pavel A. Pevzner: An Introduction to Bioinformatics Algorithms (MIT Press, 2004).


Course content