Preparatory Course for Biologists

WS 2018-19

The Vorkurs “Informatik für Biologen” aims at introducing students without computer science background to the basic computational issues they will encounter during their master studies. However, it does not teach programming as deep as in the Bachelor (Bio)informatics. It is rather meant to provide a starting point for those who are planning a career in bioinformatics but do not have experience with Linux-like systems and programming. It is a Vorkurs therefore it does not award any ECTS points.


  • Linux and the Command Line
  • Typesetting with Latex
  • Version Control with Git
  • Programming concepts using Python
  • Scripting in Python
  • Programming in Java

You really need this course if you are a first or second semester student Bioinformatics Masters without computer science background (such as biology or biochemistry) and if you have no or very little prior knowledge of the listed topics.

You even need this course if you have a little computer science background and if you are going to take any of the following lectures (regardless of the program):

  • Grundlagen der Bioinformatik
  • Sequence Bioinformatics
  • Structure and Systems Bioinformatics

You don’t need this course if all of the following holds true for you

  • Comfortable with Linux
  • Ability to write Python scripts
  • Comfortable in programming Java

October 4th-10th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (weekend excluded)

Sand 14, details TBA