Course guide

Fundamentals of Computer Science for Biology

Academic year 2021 / 2022
Last updated on: 21/06/2021
Approval date: 21/06/2021

Grado (bachelor's degree)

Bachelor's Degree in Biology

Branch

Sciences

Module

Materias Básicas Instrumentales para la Biología

Subject

Informática

Year of study

1

Semester

1

ECTS Credits

6

Course type

Core course

Teaching staff

Theory

  • Jesús Alcalá Fernández. Grupos: D
  • Rafael Alcalá Fernández. Grupos: C
  • Siham Tabik . Grupos: B
  • Waldo Fajardo Contreras. Grupos: A

Practice

  • Francisco Javier García Castellano. Grupos: 13, 14 y 16
  • Jesús Alcalá Fernández. Grupos: 15
  • Miguel José Molina Solana. Grupos: 5, 6, 7 y 8
  • Pablo Mesejo Santiago. Grupos: 10
  • Rafael Alcalá Fernández. Grupos: 11, 12 y 9
  • Waldo Fajardo Contreras. Grupos: 1, 2, 3 y 4

Timetable for tutorials

Jesús Alcalá Fernández

jalcala@ugr.es
  • Monday de 9:45 a 11:00 (M1 (Fciencia))
  • Monday de 12:00 a 13:15 (M1 (Fciencia))
  • Monday de 18:00 a 19:00 (M1 (Fciencia))
  • de 9:30 a 12:00 (M1 (Fciencia))

Rafael Alcalá Fernández

ralcala@ugr.es
  • Segundo semestre
    • Thursday de 10:00 a 13:00 (D16 (Etsiit))
    • Tuesday de 10:00 a 13:00 (D16 (Etsiit))
  • Primer semestre
    • Monday de 9:30 a 10:00 (Mect (Fciencia))
    • Monday de 12:00 a 13:00 (Mect (Fciencia))
    • Tuesday de 12:00 a 13:00 (Mect (Fciencia))
    • Wednesday de 12:00 a 14:00 (Mect (Fciencia))

Siham Tabik

siham@ugr.es
  • Primer semestre
    • Wednesday de 11:00 a 13:00 (Nd Etsiit)
    • de 9:00 a 11:00 (Nd Etsiit)
  • Segundo semestre
    • Wednesday de 16:00 a 17:00 (Nd Etsiit)
    • de 9:00 a 11:00 (Nd Etsiit)
    • de 16:00 a 17:00 (Nd Etsiit)

Waldo Fajardo Contreras

aragorn@ugr.es
  • Primer semestre
    • Thursday de 15:00 a 21:00 (D29 Etsiit)
  • Segundo semestre
    • Monday de 10:00 a 13:00 (D29 Etsiit)
    • Wednesday de 10:00 a 13:00 (D29 Etsiit)

Francisco Javier García Castellano

fjgcugr@ugr.es
  • Primer semestre
    • Thursday de 10:00 a 13:00 (M4 (Fciencia))
    • Tuesday de 10:00 a 12:00 (M4 (Fciencia))
    • de 12:00 a 13:00 (Bo (Fcyd))
  • Segundo semestre
    • Tuesday de 10:00 a 13:00 (M4 (Fciencia))
    • Wednesday de 10:00 a 13:00 (M4 (Fciencia))

Miguel José Molina Solana

miguelmolina@ugr.es
  • Thursday de 11:00 a 12:00 (Fo17 Etsiit)
  • Monday de 11:00 a 12:00 (Fo17 Etsiit)
  • Tuesday de 11:00 a 12:00 (Fo17 Etsiit)
  • Wednesday de 12:30 a 15:30 (Fo17 Etsiit)

Pablo Mesejo Santiago

pmesejo@ugr.es
  • Tuesday de 10:00 a 13:00 (Nd Etsiit)
  • Wednesday de 10:00 a 13:00 (Nd Etsiit)

Prerequisites and recommendations

High school mathemathics are recommended.

Brief description of course content (According to the programme’s verification report)

  • Tools for work and communication: Operating systems, ofimatics, thematic dictionaries, Image processing, e-learning platforms, presentations.
  • Information search: browsers, databases, university libraries.
  • Scientific/technical software: Data processing, Mathematics, Simulation, Cartography.
  • Introduction to programming: applications, programming and statistics with python.

Skills

General Skills

  • CG01 - Capacidad de organización y planificación 
  • CG02 - Trabajo en equipo 
  • CG03 - Aplicar los conocimientos a la resolución de problemas 
  • CG04 - Capacidad de análisis y síntesis 
  • CG05 - Conocimiento de una lengua extranjera 
  • CG07 - Conocimientos de informática relativos al ámbito de estudio 

Subject-specific Skills

  • CE25 - Diseñar modelos de procesos biológicos 
  • CE36 - Implantar y desarrollar sistemas de gestión relacionados con la Biología  
  • CE41 - Manejar las bases de datos y programas informáticos que pueden emplearse en el ámbito de Ciencias de la Vida 
  • CE77 - Saber Informática aplicada a la Biología 

Learning outcomes

  • Know and handle some work and communication tools: Operating systems, ofimatics, thematic dictionaries.
  • Know and handle software for image processing, e-learning platforms and presentations.
  • Know and perform information searches using browsers, databases and university libraries. 
  • Know and handle some scientific/technical software: data processing, Mathematics, Simulations, Cartography.
  • Design and implement simple computer programs and know how to apply them to solve specific problems in biology.
  • Solve statistical problems with a programming language such as python.

Planned learning activities

Theory Syllabus

  1. Introduction to Computer Science
  2. Representation of information
  3. Databases
  4. Programming fundamentals
  5. Programming fundamentals in python
  6. Basic data types
  7. Control structures
  8. Advanced data types
  9. Introduction to bioinformatics

Practical Syllabus

Seminars / Workshops:

  • Ofimatics skills.
  • Python applications.

Laboratory practices:

  1. Spreadsheets. Charts.
  2. Databases.
  3. Basic programming in python

Recommended reading

Essential reading

  • Beekman, G. 2009. Tomorrow's technology and you. Prentice Hall.
  • Beekman, G. 2006. Introducción a la informática. Pearson educación.
  • Delgado, J.M. & Paz, F. Openoffice.Org 3.0 (Guía Práctica). Anaya Multimedia.
  • Llena, S. 2019. Aprender Office 365/2019 con 100 ejercicios prácticos. Marcombo.
  • Hinojosa, A.P. 2016. Python. Paso A Paso. Ra-ma.

Complementary reading

  • Pilgrim, M. 2009. Inmersión en python

Recommended learning resources/tools

Teaching methods

  • MD01 Lección magistral/expositiva 
  • MD02 Sesiones de discusión y debate 
  • MD03 Resolución de problemas y estudio de casos prácticos 
  • MD04 Prácticas de laboratorio y/o clínicas y/o talleres de habilidades 
  • MD06 Prácticas en sala de informática 
  • MD07 Seminarios 
  • MD10 Realización de trabajos en grupo 
  • MD11 Realización de trabajos individuales 

Assessment methods (Instruments, criteria and percentages)

Ordinary examination diet

Continuous evaluation:

Formative activities Weight
Theory 50%
Practice 50%
  • Theory (50%) [S1]: There will be three tests (20%, 15% and 15% of the evaluation, respectively). The first one will happen after lesson 3, the second in the middle of python lessons and the third one after all lessons. These tests enable a continuous evaluation of the theory part of the course.
  • Practice (50%) [SE2, SE3, SE4]: It will comprise participation and evaluation of laboratory activities, seminars and supervised works.

The detail of this ponderation is as follows:

  • SE1: Evaluation of the acquired level through theory classes: 50% (Theory)
  • SE2: Evaluation of the acquired level through laboratory activities: 20% (Practice)
  • SE3: Evaluation of the acquired level through seminars and guided work: 20% (Practice)
  • SE4: Evaluation of assistance, attitude and participation in activities: 10% (Practice)

It will be necessary to obtain a final mark of 5 (out of 10) or higher to pass the course. A minimum mark of 4 in both theory and practice is required. If that is not met, the final evaluation for the course will be the minimum between 4.9 and the student marks.

 

 

Extraordinary examination diet

  • The student will take an exam including theory and practice. All the lessons and activities in the syllabus will be included in the exam.
  • Students not attending the practical part of the exam will maintain the marking they obtained during the ordinary session in this part.
  • The final mark of the course will be the sum of each part with a weight of 50% each.
  • To pass the course, it is necessary to obtain a mark of 5 (out of 10) or higher. It is also mandatory to obtain 4 or more in each part (theory and practice), otherwise, the final mark for the course will be the minimum between 4.9 and the student marks.

Single final assessment (evaluación única final)

  • The students will take two tests: one to evaluate their knowledge regarding the theory aspects of the course, and another for evaluating acquired competences related to the practical part.
  • The final mark will be the average of both marks. To pass the course, it is necessary to obtain a mark of 5 (out of 10) or higher. It is also mandatory to obtain 4 or more in each part (theory and practice), otherwise, the final mark for the course will be the minimum between 4.9 and the student marks.

Additional information

Following the recommendations of CRUE and the Secretariat of Inclusion and Diversity of the UGR, the mechanisms for the acquisition and assessment of competences included in this syllabus will be applied according to the design principle for all people, facilitating learning and demonstration of knowledge according to the needs and functional diversity of the students.

SCENARIO A (CONTACT AND ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING)

Timetable

For individual meetings, an appointment is needed and should be requested to the lecturers.

Their meeting timetables can be found at http://decsai.ugr.es/index.php?p=profesores

Tools for tutorial support (Include virtual tools for tutorial support)

Individual meetings will use the platforms facilitated by Universidad de Granada.

Adjustment measures for assessment methods (Instruments, criteria and percentages)

  • Proportion between face-to-face sessions and non-face-to-face sessions will be determined by Facultad de Ciencias according to the sanitary conditions.
  • Lab sessions will be performed with a computer. To avoid health hazards, they will be taught on a non-face-to-face way or using the students' own laptops.
  • Non-face-to-face sessions will be taught using the platforms provided by Universidad de Granada. They will be completed with activities to check and monitor the students' progress and understanding of the course.

Ordinary examination diet

Continuous evaluation:

  • Theory (50%) [SE1]: There will be three tests (20%, 15% and 15% of the evaluation, respectively). The first one will happen after lesson 3, the second in the middle of python lessons and the third one after all lessons. These tests enable a continuous evaluation of the theory part of the course.
  • Practice (50%) [SE2, SE3, SE4]: It will comprise participation and evaluation of laboratory activities, seminars and supervised works.

The detail of this ponderation is as follows:

  • SE1: Evaluation of the acquired level through theory classes: 50% (Theory)
  • SE2: Evaluation of the acquired level through laboratory activities: 20% (Practice)
  • SE3: Evaluation of the acquired level through seminars and guided work: 20% (Practice)
  • SE4: Evaluation of assistance, attitude and participation in activities: 10% (Practice)

It will be necessary to obtain a final mark of 5 (out of 10) or higher to pass the course. A minimum mark of 4 in both theory and practice is required. If that is not met, the final evaluation for the course will be the minimum between 4.9 and the student marks.

The tests will be performed in a face-to-face way. If not possible, tests will be performed in a non-face-to-face way using the platforms and tools provided by Universidad de Granada. 

Extraordinary examination diet

  • The student will take an exam including theory and practice. All the lessons and activities in the syllabus will be included in the exam.
  • Students not attending the practical part of the exam will maintain the marking they obtained during the ordinary session in this part.
  • The final mark of the course will be the sum of each part with a weight of 50% each.
  • To pass the course, it is necessary to obtain a mark of 5 (out of 10) or higher. It is also mandatory to obtain 4 or more in each part (theory and practice), otherwise, the final mark for the course will be the minimum between 4.9 and the student marks.

The tests will be performed in a face-to-face way. If not possible, tests will be performed in a non-face-to-face way using the platforms and tools provided by Universidad de Granada. 

Single final assessment (evaluación única final)

  • The students will take two tests: one to evaluate their knowledge regarding the theory aspects of the course, and another for evaluating acquired competences related to the practical part.
  • The final mark will be the average of both marks. To pass the course, it is necessary to obtain a mark of 5 (out of 10) or higher. It is also mandatory to obtain 4 or more in each part (theory and practice), otherwise, the final mark for the course will be the minimum between 4.9 and the student marks.

The tests will be performed in a face-to-face way. If not possible, tests will be performed in a non-face-to-face way using the platforms and tools provided by Universidad de Granada. 

SCENARIO B (SUSPENSION OF CONTACT ACTIVITIES)

Timetable

For individual meetings, an appointment is needed, and can be requested from the lecturers.

Their meeting timetables can be found at http://decsai.ugr.es/index.php?p=profesores

Tools for tutorial support (Include virtual tools for tutorial support)

Meetings will use the platforms facilitated by Universidad de Granada

Adjustment measures for assessment methods (Instruments, criteria and percentages)

All lecturing will be non-face-to-face. The tools and platforms provided by University of Granada will be used.

Ordinary examination diet

The distribution of tests will be the same of scenario A, but those tests will be performed in a non-face-to-face way.

Extraordinary examination diet

The distribution of tests will be the same of scenario A, but those tests will be performed in a non-face-to-face way.

Single final assessment (evaluación única final)

The distribution of tests will be the same of scenario A, but those tests will be performed in a non-face-to-face way.