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CB2442 Bioinformatics 7.5 credits

This course focuses on basic bioinformatical methods for the analysis of molecular biology data

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus CB2442 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Theory and methods for: pairwise alignment of DNA/RNA and protein sequences; multiple sequence alignment; analysis of DNA/RNA and protein sequence motivs; phylogenetic analysis; gene expression analysis. Public data bases and tools. Programming basic bioinformatic algorithms.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to:

  • explain basic bioinformatic methods
  • give an account of applications and limitations of bioinformatic methods
  • use relevant methods to analyze bioinformatic problems
  • interpret the results of bioinformatic analyzes
  • program basic bioinformatic algorithms

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Minst 150 högskolepoäng från årskurs 1, 2 och 3 varav minst 100 högskolepoäng från årskurs 1 och 2 samt kandidatexamensarbete måste vara avklarade. I de 150 poängen skall ingå avklarade kurser motsvarande minst 20 hp matematik, numeriska metoder, data, varav minst 5 hp utgörs av numeriska metoder och data, samt minst 15 hp totalt inom bioteknik, biokemi, och/eller molekylärbiologi

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Computer exercises, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

Second cycle

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