Course code
Name of lecturer
Alessandro Farinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2013 al Jan 31, 2014.
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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. All the teaching material for this course is available on the course web page hosted on the teachers' web site.

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".
AB = 35% C1 + 40% C2 + 25% CC, LPII = 50% P + 50% L, where C1 is a written test (midterm exam), C2 is a written test (final exam), CC is the overall grade in the homeworks, P is a project in the lab and L is a lab test. The grade thus generated is registered at the first exam session in February.
Alternatively, 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.
Registration: all grades are registered. Withdrawal: Students may withdraw by informing the instructors. All tests and projects are individual work. Cheating is strictly forbidden and will determine lowering of grades for all students involved.