Algorithms in Bioinformatics

BIOINF3310 - Phylogeny and Evolution

Title BIOINF3310  Phylogeny and Evolution
Lecturers Prof. Daniel Huson and Sascha Patz
Venue Wednesdays, 8:15-10h, Hörsaal 2, Sand 6/7
Tutorials Mo, 8-10h, A301, Sand 1
Modules BSc Bioinformatik: Wahpflichtmodul Bioinformatik oder Informatik; BSc Informatik: Wahpflichtmodul Informatik, 6LP (neue PO) oder 4LP (alte PO)
Grading Written exam in two parts
Language English
Links Campus illias


This course gives an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of phylogenetics. 

Weekly assignments are handed out in class.

Date Topic Assignments
18.10. 1. Graphs and trees Assignment 1
25.10. 2. Counting trees and distances between trees Assignment 2


Public holiday


8.11. 3. Maximum parsimony methods Assignment 3
15.11.. continued Assignment 4
22.11. continued Assignment 5
29.11. 4. Simple models of evolution Assignment 6
6.12. 5. Distance-based methods Practice exam
13.12. Exam part 1 (covering chapters 1-5)  
20.12.  6. Maximum-likelihood estimation Assignment 7
10.1.  continued Assignment 8
17.1. 7. Bayesian methods Assignment 9
24.1. 8. Comparison and consensus Assignment 10
31.1. 9. Phylogenetic networks Practice exam
Friday 9.2.
14:15-16:00, A301, Sand 14
 Example part 2 (covering chap. 5-9)  

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How to get credit for this course

  • Always participate in the weekly problem sessions and actively present your results. If you miss more than two tutorials, then you will not be allowed to take the exam.
  • Obtain at least 50% of all points. If you obtain 70%, 80% or 90% of all possible assignment points, then you will receive bonus points toward your exam that may improve you final grade by 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0, respectively.
  • Pass the exam
  • Assignments are set every Wednesday and are due on at the beginning of the lecture on the following Wednesday.