Course concept

In each course unit both theoretical and practical input is being given. In autumn semester, the course units are organised in two periods of six weeks, followed by an exam period.

In spring semester, the course units are organised in one period of six weeks, followed by an exam period and finalised with a traineeship. As spring semester is preceded by our autumn semester, some spring course units benefit from learning outcomes taught in autumn. If this is the case, this is specified (see Prerequisites ).

 

Note that if you are only interested in traineeship exchange, this is also an option (by means of a learning agreement traineeship, drawn up by your own institution).

If you should doubt about being eligible for this educational programme or if you have questions concerning your learning agreement study, please contact us.

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These international semesters are aimed both at bachelor students within the field of biomedical sciences as bachelor students within the field of bioinformatics. The programme focusses on the development of both theoretical and practical dry lab skills.

Within our educational programme we therefore focus on three different roles: bioinformatician, programmer and informatician; each course unit is assigned to one of these specific roles.

English-taught semesters, what are they?

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An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest Bachelor programme offers in English, as an option for semester exchange , to incoming students from its partner universities abroad, and as a study abroad option to other international students.

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Course overview autumn semester

In the schedule below a brief description is mentioned, for detailed information about our programme, objectives and learning goals we refer to the following pdf file.

COURSE UNIT Period Contact hours ECTS

BIT01 Web technologies

  • Introduction to programming (HTML, CSS, PHP)
  • Basic concepts of visualizing data through web based applications

This course unit serves as a basis for subsequent programming course units.

1A 48 5

BIT02 Linux operating systems

  • Installing and learning basic Linux commands
  • Drawing simple “bash” scripts
  • Installing popular bioinformatics tools (eg. BLAST, HMMR, …)

Knowledge of Linux is necessary to be able to follow the course units BIT01, BIT05, BIT07 and BIT09 .

1A 48 5

BIT03 Comparative genomic analysis

  • Introduction to bioinformatics (sequence) databases
  • Aligning sequences and phylogenetic tree construction
  • (Natural) genetic variation
1A 48 5

BIT04 Scripting Data analysis, visualization and Biostatistics using R

  • Basics of R 
  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Statistical testing 
1B 48 5

BIT05 Databases and data management

  • Basic database system structures and manipulations of databases (MySQL and MongoDB)
  • Principle to retrieve data from public databases (eg. Ensembl)
  • Basics about data management
1B 48 5

BIT06 Structural bioinformatics

  • Fundamentals of nucleic acid and protein structures 
  • Molecular visualization in PyMOL 
  • Protein structure validation, interaction and prediction 
1B 48 5

English for exchange students - evening course (optional)
This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.

1A + 1B
(no exam after 1A)
20 3

Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes (if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)
Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
Next to ‘Opleiding’ select ‘Bachelor in de bio-informatica – BANABA BIT’

Course overview spring semester

In the schedule below a brief description is mentioned, for detailed information about our programme, objectives and learning goals we refer to the following pdf file.

COURSE UNIT Period Contact hours ECTS

BIT07 Scripting

  • Programming in Python 
  • Scripting bioinformatics pipelines 
2C 48 5

BIT08 Data mining

  • Exploring and preprocessing biological datasets
  • (Unsupervised)  clustering of data
  • Constructing classification models
2C 48 5

BIT09 High throughput analysis

  • High throughput technologies 
  • Next generation sequencing (NGS) pipeline 
  • Differential expression analysis in R 
  • Analysis of high-throughput biological data 
  • Constructing data analysis pipelines 
2C 48 5

BIT10 Systems biology

  • Construction and simulation of biochemical networks
  • Construction and analysis of gene regulatory and/or protein interaction networks

Only possible to choose if enrolling both autumn (period 1B) + spring semester (period 2C)

1B + 2C 48 5

BIT11 Traineeship

The final step in the advanced bachelor programme is the actual experience in the work field: the traineeship. The objective is to apply several learning outcomes in work situations. Because of its size in duration and ECTS and as it is the ideal step-up in the work field, the traineeship is the perfect method to function as a bioinformatician in a complex authentic situation.

Only possible to choose if enrolling for all course units in both autumn + spring semester

2D   10

English for exchange students - evening course (optional)
This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.

2C + 2D (no exam after 2C) 20 3

Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes (if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)
Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
Next to ‘Opleiding’ select ‘Bachelor in de bio-informatica – BANABA BIT’

Prerequisites

Minimum 4 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 120 ECTS in a scientific Bachelor programme.

For both autumn and spring semester profound knowledge of molecular biology on a bachelor level is obligatory and must be shown in your transcript of records. 

When not enrolling for all autumn semester course units, experience with basic programming skills (course unit BIT01) and working in a Linux environment (course unit BIT02) is highly recommended in order to follow the following course units without problems: BIT04 Scripting, BIT05 Databases and data management.

When enrolling in spring semester and choosing to follow BIT09 High throughput analysis, experience with working in a Linux environment and programming skills in R, are both obligatory. 

Each applicant needs to prove that he/she fulfils these requirements by means of an official certificate, a survey of completed courses, transcripts of records or a signed letter from the sending university. An applicant will be asked to complete a technical test prior to enrolment to determine their level of knowledge of chosen topics.

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All students should bring their own laptop, with the following minimum requirements:

  • Windows, Mac or Linux operating system
  • i5 or i7 processor
  • at least 8 GB RAM (preferably 16 GB RAM)
  • sufficient disk space (minimum 75 GB of free solid state disk drive space) 

More details can be found on www.howest.be/laptops

Non-exchange students can only attend the full programme as an advanced bachelor and need to have completed at least a full Bachelor degree programme, with profound knowledge of molecular biology at the time they start the courses at Howest.

Howest applies a very strict policy on the use of legal software, therefore in most bioinformatics course units open source software is installed and used. 

Timing and location

Both semesters take place in Bruges.

Our Autumn semester runs from September 14th 2020 until January 29th 2021

The first week is the fulltime Orientation Week. The actual lessons start on 21 September. From 02/11/2020 to 06/11/2020 there is one week of Autumn Holiday. Winter holidays are from 21/12/2020 to 01/01/2021.

The examination period starts immediately afterwards. In the last week of the semester (25/01/21-29/01/21), there are still exams, as well as feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd  chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department,  2nd chance exams can be taken by the end of the 1st  exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Our Spring semester runs from February 1st until July 3rd 2021

Classes start on the 8 February, but all newly arriving incoming students are expected on Monday, 1 February, for our fulltime Orientation Week. From 05/04/2021 - 16/04/2021 there is a two-week Easter Holiday.

The examination period starts on 24 May. From 21 June to 2 July there are feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department, 2nd chance exams can be taken by the end of the 2nd exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Address of the campus

Howest Brugge Station - BST5
Rijselstraat 5, 8200 Brugge (Sint-Michiels), Belgium

Opleiding / Dienst