Data on the course
TMED-915 Introduction to Bioinformatics, 5 cr  
Code TMED-915  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Introduction to Bioinformatics  Abbreviation Intro to Bioinf 
Scope 5 cr  
TypeIntermediate studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Translational Medicine 

Sampsa Hautaniemi 

Target group 

Students of the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. The course is open also to MSc, MD and PhD students in the University of Helsinki.


Period III, first or second study years of the Master’s studies

Learning outcomes 

The student will be able to understand and evaluate scientific articles that use bioinformatics, program in the R language at the level of using available packages, and analyse high-throughput data.

Completion methods 

Lectures 10 h
Weekly exercises 10 h
Independent study and project work 100 h


MAT12001 Basics of statistics and R I or similar


Pre-processing of data, statistical analysis, clustering/prediction

Study materials and literature 

Lecture material, selected articles

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Lectures, weekly exercises, exam/project work

Assessment practices and criteria 

Weekly exercises (50%) and exam/project work (50%). Grading scale 1–5.

Other information 

Responsible teacher is professor Sampsa Hautaniemi.

Responsible person 

Prof. Sampsa Hautaniemi,


Current and future instruction
No instruction in WebOodi

Future examinations
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