Course code
Name of lecturer
Alessandro Farinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 3, 2011 al Jan 31, 2012.

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Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Objective of the course is to provide the basic knowledge to develop algorithms and use applications relevant to bioinformatics.


Java implementation of dynamic data structures and relevant algorithms. Recursion. Interfaces and packages. The student will acquire the necessary knowledge through assisted software development and realizing specific projects. Development of algorithms for sorting, search (greedy and exhaustive) and main algorithms on graphs, applied to problems that are relevant to bioinformatics. Basic functionalities of numerical tools (MATLAB) and spreadsheets for data visualization and statistical analysis.

Assessment methods and criteria

The grade in "Algorithms" is given by 50% AB + 50% LPII, where AB is the grade in "Algorithms for Bioinformatics" and LPII is the grade in "Programming Laboratory II".

With multiple tests: AB = 35% C1 + 40% C2 + 25% CC, LPII = 50% P + 50% L, where C1 (intermediate test) and C2 (final test) are written tests in class, CC is the overall grade in the homeworks (intermediate test), P is a project in the lab (intermediate test) and L is a lab test (intermediate test). The grade thus generated is registered at the first exam session in February.

With single tests: AB = 100% E, LPII = 100% EL, where E is a written test, and EL is a lab test, each hard enough to match the difficulty of C1 + C2 + CC and P + L, respectively. Two full exams are offered in February, and one in June. In the February session it is possible to take E at the first full exam and EL at the second one or vice versa. In June one has to take E and EL together.
Registration: it is not possible to reject a grade and all grades are registered. Withdrawal: Students may withdraw by informing the instructor. All tests and projects are to be carried out individually. Cheating is strictly forbidden and will determine lowering of grades for all students involved.