Subject description for 2021/2022

Aquatic Genomics and Bioinformatics (BI311F)

Aquatic Genomics and Bioinformatics


Course description

Topics covered in this course: Fundamentals aspects of programming, basic DNA sequence analysis, multiple sequence alignments, genome annotation, construction of phylogenetic trees, phylogenetic footprinting, synteny analysis, analysis of high-throughput gene expression and  epigenomic data, proteomics, and large scale gene perturbation analyses.


No tution fees. Semester registration and course literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:


The student should:

  • Have an overview of the main aspects of comparative and functional genomics
  • Master essential bioinformatics concepts
  • Have knowledge of the relevant aspects in molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Be familiar with the appropriate bioinformatics tools
  • Understand how genomics can be applied to address important aquaculture issues


The student should:

  • Have broad computational skills and be able to use various bioinformatics applications
  • Know how to analyse large DNA sequence data sets
  • Be able to predict and characterize eukaryotic genes
  • Have the expertise to interpret high-throughput functional genomics data
  • Know how to retrieve data from electronic biological databases

General competence

The student should:

  • Understand and apply genomics and bioinformatics concepts to cutting-edge aquaculture research
  • Be able to discuss and present scientific papers in genomics and bioinformatics
  • Have the competence to participate in bioinformatics and genomics research projects
  • Be able to access and understand scientific literature pertaining to the field
  • Possess adquate writing and communication skills

Course type

Elective: MSc in Aquaculture, MSc in Marine Ecology.


Students enrolled on the MSc programme in Biosciences.

Mode of delivery


Teaching activities and methods

Block teaching. Lectures, tutorials and computer labs.

Recommended prior knowledge

Basic computational skills and some knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry are advantageous for successful completion of this course.

Course evaluation

Course evaluation: Midterm evaluation (dialogue meeting between lecturer and students). Written, web-based final evaluation.

Assessment and examinations

Compound assessment, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail
  • Oral presentation, comprises 40/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.
  • Written assessemnt, comprises 60/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.

Overlapping courses

BI311F-001v1 Aquatic Genomics and Bioinformatics - written examination - 5 study points.
BI311F-002v1 Aquatic Genomics and Bioinformatics - laboratory exercise - 3 study points.
BI311F-003v1 Aquatic Genomics and Bioinformatics - oral presentation - 2 study points.
BI311F-001v1 Aquatic Genomics and Bioinformatics - written examination - 10 study points.

Course literature

Recommended literature:
  • Campbell AM and Heyer LJ (2006). Discovering Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. Benjamin Cummings (2nd ed.). ISBN 0805382194.
  • Hunt S and Livesey R (2000). Functional Genomics: A Practical Approach. Oxford University Press, USA (1st ed.). ISBN 019963775X.
  • Xiong J (2006). Essential Bioinformatics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521600820.
  • Brown T (2006). Genomes 3. Garland Publishing Inc,US. ISBN 0815341385.
Course coordinator
Start semester Spring 2022
ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture