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Orientation Bioinformatics


Let op: de inhoud van deze pagina is onder voorbehoud voor academisch jaar 2023-2024.

Admission requirements

Not applicable.


This course will provide an overview of the interface between informatics and biology and will explore where the field of bioinformatics fits into science and society. You will gain experience in some of the basic principles and commonly used resources in bioinformatics and will examine recent literature.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarity with basic bioinformatics principles and resources

  • Understanding the grand challenges in bioinformatics research

  • Learning to interpret scientific and social developments in the field


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudymap will automatically be displayed in MyTimetable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Pleas note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of Instruction

  • Lectures

  • Practical Labs

  • Practical assignments

Assessment method

There is no final exam for this course. Students will pass the course by participating in practical laboratories, attending lectures and completing three practical assignments. The assignments will examine skills in bioinformatics data analysis, bioinformatics literature interpretation, and bioinformatics in society.

The teacher will inform the students how the inspection of and follow-up discussion of the exams will take place.

Reading list

Links to reading material and course literature will be provided throughout the course in the lectures and on Brightspace


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudymap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information. An exemption is the fall semester for 1st year bachelor students, the student administration will enroll this group.

Please note that it is compulsory to register for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course.

Extensive FAQ on MyStudymap can be found here.


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