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DD2398 Quantitative Systems Biology 7.5 credits

The purpose of the course is to present molecular
biology from a mechanistic perspective, and on
topical problems and methods in Systems Biology.
The focus of the course is describing gene regulation
and regulatory networks.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DD2398 (Autumn 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The basic circuitry in transcription regulation,
and other biological networks, including examples.
The principle of robustness in biological systems
of control.Kinetic proofreading and other
error-correcting mechanisms in biological
information-processing. Principles of kinetic
equations in gene regulatory modelling. Motifs
in biological and other networks.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to

* formulate mathematical models of gene regulatory networks on the level of kinetic equations

* simulate such systems and compare to experimental

* discuss network properties in genomic data

* compute simple graph theoretical properties of such data

so that they will be able to

* independently construct computer programs that
  model melecular mechanisms of gene regulation

* in professional life identify biological problems
  that a sufficiently well describe that mathematical
  modeling and simulation could be of added value

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Single course students: 90 university credits including 45 university credits in Mathematics or Information Technology. English B, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

The courses in the basic block on mathematics, computer science and numerical analysis on the D-, E- or F-programme.
The course SK2530 Introduction to Biomedicine
or equivalent.


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Uri Alon, 2007
An Introduction to Systems Biology: Design Principles of Biological Circuits
Chapman & Hall/CRC Mathematical and Computational Biology Series
ISBN-10: 1-58488-642-0
ISBN-13: 978-158488-642-6

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 - Laboratory Work, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 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.

Students will have one opportunity to correct every iuncorrectly executed homework assignment until the individual examination on the course start, no longer however than until three weeks after the last lecture in the course. Other possibilities and modalities to be examined on the course to be discussed with the examiner in each case.

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

Other requirements for final grade

Four homework assignments give one grade point per
correctly executed assignments. For the highest grade, four correctly executed assignments and an individual examination are required.

The individual examination is conducted by the examiner with one assistant under at least 30 minutes and at most 60 minutes per student.

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DD2398

Offered by

CSC/Computer Science

Main field of study

Biotechnology, Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Courses in KTHs International Master's Program in
Computational and Systems Biology, in particular
Omic data systems biology (Jens Lagergren examiner,
course code missing), 2D1450 Algorithmic Bioinformatics,  SK2520 Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics, HL1008 Cellular and Molecular Biology, and DD2447 Statistical Methods in Applied Computer Science.


Erik Aurell, tel: 5537 8813, e-post: