Bioinformatics

Master, part-time

Overview

Bioinformatics develops algorithms and programs to simulate biochemical processes and analyze molecular data. It combines knowledge of biochemical and molecular biological processes in organisms in applied computer science and data management as well as analysis. As part of the system biology, bioinformatics supports both research as well as industrial development and production. Your education will provide you with excellent prospects at the interface between basic research and development.

Contact us

Contact us!

Elisabeth Beck
Elisabeth Holzmann, Bakk.techn.
Johanna Bauer
Barbara Philipp
Muthgasse 62
1190 Vienna
T:+43 1 606 68 77-3600
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3609
bioengineering@fh-campuswien.ac.at

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Office hours during semester
Mon to Thu, 4.30 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

By appointment
Mon to Thu, 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.
Fri, 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.




Duration of course
4 Semester
Final degree
Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
27Study places
120ECTS
Organisational form
part-time

Application period for academic year 2021/22

1st January 2021 to 15th June 2021

 

tuition fee / semester:

€ 363,361

+ ÖH premium + contribution2

 

1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester

 

2 for additional study expenses
(currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)

What you can offer

You have a background in natural sciences, are enthusiastic about IT and already possess basic knowledge.You see your future in combining both and using your IT skills to process and analyze the flood of data in life sciences and present it optimally and understandably.You are an analytical and process-oriented thinker.  You enjoy solution-oriented work at the interface between different disciplines.You want to achieve professional success working on projects in a team and are open to management responsibilities.You can also imagine providing independent services.Average English skills are expected. Language of instruction is German

What we offer you

Your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT), who share the campus with us, as well as our strong network in the industry.In addition to experts from the industry, researchers from the BOKU also teach in our degree program and contribute their application-oriented know-how.Selected courses are offered in English, the technical language of life sciences.We are currently building an IT infrastructure that should be available as an internet service for public researchers as well as our students.Numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to work with cutting-edge applications and to make valuable contacts for your future career.Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.

What makes this degree program special

The degree program focuses on molecular biology and is tailored specifically to the needs of pharmaceutical production. Bioinformatics is already an indispensable research tool for biotechnological methods in order to cope with the flood of data in life sciences. The deciphering of the human genome in genomic research is only one possible application. The main goal is to develop new medications based on the analysis of human genes.
Huge databases of active ingredients must be searched for suitable candidates.
Bioinformatics methods also make it possible to optimize and individualize therapies through the comparison of entire genomes.These tasks are even many times more complex than the makeup of the DNA sequence and can only be solved with the help of bioinformatics.The need for bioinformaticians in the biotech industry is growing rapidly.With our production-oriented education, you will be highly sought after.

 


What you will learn in the degree program

As an interdisciplinary science, bioinformatics provides solutions for biological issues by applying informatics methods.The program combines applied informatics, data management and data evaluation with molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics.

  • In applied informatics you will learn about programming, operating systems, networks and database systems.In order to effectively manage and evaluate data, you will acquire knowledge in mathematics, statistics, algorithms and software development.
  • In the field of molecular biology and biochemistry you will learn to conduct sequence comparisons and make structure and function predictions, as well as how high-throughput technologies function.Applied bioinformatics encompasses the application of bioinformatics and chemistry informatics.
  • Management and corporate management skills will round out your education.
  • You will apply the methods of scientific work within the framework of your master’s dissertation.

Curriculum

LectureSWSECTS
Selected chapters of Mathematics VO

Selected chapters of Mathematics VO

Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Werner Timischl

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

1 Discrete mathematics: permutations and combinations, time complexity of algorithms, recursions.
2 Matrices: First and Second Kind of Spatial Representation; calculations with vectors and matrices; systems of linear equations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
3 Selected methods of multivariate statistics: hierarchical classification; principal component analysis.
4 Markov-models: Markov-chains; Hidden-Markov-models.

Assessment methods

Written examination

Teaching methods

Lecture combined with exercies.

12
Proteomics ILV

Proteomics ILV

Lector: Lukas Janker, MSc

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Proteomics: opportunities and aims
Methods, focussing on mass spectrometry
Statistical methods for quality control, motivation for and building of public repositories
Databases/ontologies
Bioinformatic applications making use of large data sets

Assessment methods

written exam

Teaching methods

Lecture, working with computer

1.53
Statistics ILV

Statistics ILV

Lector: Eva Valerie Lehner, BSc, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Alexandra Posekany

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

introduction to statistics and probability using R; exploratory data analysis, statistical estimation, graphics, Bayes' theorem, important distributions, hypothesis testing, ANOVA and linear regression

Assessment methods

exercises, written exam, in calls participation

Teaching methods

lecture, presentation, work with PC, group work, exercises

1.53
Databases VO

Databases VO

Lector: DI. Dr.techn. Dominik Ertl, FH-Hon.Prof. Priv.-Doz. Mag. DI. DI. Dr.techn. Karl Michael Göschka

2SWS
4ECTS

Lecture contents

• Principles of architecture and database systems
• Transaction concept and SQL-core
• Entity Relationship (ER) Model
• Relational Model
• Relational database design
• Database implementation with SQL-DDL
• Practical design assignment in small groups

Assessment methods

Continuous assessments throughout the content presentation (grading of presentations)
Written exam
Distance learning: Practical assignment

Teaching methods

Lecture
Student presentations followed by discussions
Practical assignments in small groups
Open distance learning

Language

German

24
Data Mining and Visualization ILV

Data Mining and Visualization ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Barbara Lederer

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Basic concepts of Data Mining
Introduction into Visualization
Pros and Cons in representations

Assessment methods

The examination consists of attendance, active participation as well as the grading of the exercise work.

Teaching methods

Lecture plus exercise

Language

German-English

12
Introduction to Programming ILV

Introduction to Programming ILV

Lector: DI Norbert Auer

2.5SWS
5ECTS

Lecture contents

Extending the knowledge in the programming language Python in the context of real
biological problems.

* Software tools: Git
* Container Classes (Listen, Dictionaries)
* Object-orientated programming (Classes, Inheritance, ...)
* File handling
* Generators
* Special modules: Biopython

Assessment methods

Written exam at the end of the course and evaluation of the exercises

Teaching methods

Lectures
Homework
Exercises

Language

German

2.55
Introduction to Linux and Shellscripting ILV

Introduction to Linux and Shellscripting ILV

Lector: Ing. DI (FH) Nadine Elpida Tatto

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

The operating system Linux is essential in bioinformatics. Basic knowledge in the use of Linux (Ubuntu) is assumed. The lecture focuses on shell scripting and the usage of sed and awk. The named tools will be used for the processing of typical file formats in bioinformatics.

Assessment methods

Written exam, complete and punctual delivery of exercises. Both count 50/50 for the grade

Teaching methods

Lecture and exercises during lecture time and at home

Language

German

12
Basics of Algorithms VO

Basics of Algorithms VO

Lector: Ing. Christian Binder, BSc

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Introduction to algorithms, graph theory, basic bioinformatics algorithms for predicting sequence similarity, alignments and RNA folding

Assessment methods

Written test, evaluation of practical tasks

Teaching methods

Slides and practical tasks

Language

German-English

12
Transcriptomics and Genomics ILV

Transcriptomics and Genomics ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, Lisa Tucek, BSc.

2SWS
4ECTS

Lecture contents

1) Acquire knowledge on selected bioinformatics chapters (Next Generation Sequencing, ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq) ans
2) Application of relevant bioinformatics tools for the analysis of associated data
3) using script languages under Linux, such as Bash, awk and perl.

Assessment methods

40 % Workshop: Hand in a short program which solved a given task
60% Lecture: Written exam

Teaching methods

- Introductions and explanations (lecture)
- Exercises using the computer

Language

German

24

LectureSWSECTS
Machine Learning Methods ILV 12
Applied Programming UE 36
Selected Chapters of Bioinformatics SE 12
Database Systems ILV 1.53
Medical Analysis of Genoms VO 12
Specific Statistics Practice UE 12
Structure Prediction in Biopolymeres VO 12
Data analysis Labor LB 24
Master Thesis Preparation SE 0.51

LectureSWSECTS
Automation ILV

Automation ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Werner Seiler

3SWS
6ECTS

Lecture contents

Introduction to process automation.

Basic concepts of measurement with significance in biotechnological processes.
Fundamentals of process automation, process control, in particular, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and field bus systems.
Introduction to the fundamentals of control theory.

Assessment methods

Homework
Written test at the end of the lecture or oral examination (TBD)

Teaching methods

Lecture, design and calculation exercises with Excel and simulation programs.
Home exercise.

Language

German

36
Biotechnological Seminar SE

Biotechnological Seminar SE

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer

0.5SWS
1ECTS

Lecture contents

As an example from biotechnology, students will work in the brew lab to create a beer, following a recipe. Students will be introduced into the topic of brewing and will have the chance to see an automated solution and investigate the data produced by the equipment. Additionally to the work in the lab, students are required to design a label for their beer and create a website with the recipes they worked on.

The students will work in groups of 3-4 persons.

Assessment methods

Students will be graded on their performance in the lab and the design of the label and web page.

Teaching methods

Presentation, praktical lab exercise

Language

German

0.51
Business Plan and Cost Accounting ILV

Business Plan and Cost Accounting ILV

Lector: Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Pfeffer, Mag. Karin Pfeffer

2SWS
4ECTS

Lecture contents

"hands-on" priciples in business administration
Development of a business plan

Assessment methods

preparation & presentation of a business plan

Teaching methods

lecture, Workshop

Language

German

24
Validification of Software and Medical Devices VO

Validification of Software and Medical Devices VO

Lector: Stefan Smyczko, MSc

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

UPDATE LECTURE TITLE: 2SOFTWARE IN MEDICAL FIELD - SOFTWARE AS A MEDICAL DEVICE"
To gain the essential know how on the topic "Software as a Medical Device". Insight into the legal basis for these kinds of products incl. definition and distinguishing it from other products; when is software a medical device? Which phases of development do exist, what has to be concerned when developing such product? Quality control and quality assurance as well as actual changes in the legal environment (MDR - Medical Device Regulation). Special focus is set on Validation of software as a medical device.

Assessment methods

Presentation of the student and their evaluation as assessment

Teaching methods

Introduction into the topic as lecture, followed by selected topics to be presented by the student on the last day of the lecture.

Language

German-English

12
Innovation and Entrepreneurship ILV

Innovation and Entrepreneurship ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Gottfried Himmler

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

The Entrepreneur

How do new things develop?
Recipies for success?

What is an enterprise?
Systems theory perspective

What is management?
Entrepreneur versus Manager:
Tasks
Character

The idea
The Business Model
The Business Plan

The ideal Leader.
Basics of Management.
Tasks of Managers.
Management Tools.

Assessment methods

Oral

Teaching methods

Lecture & Workshop

Language

German

12
Clinical Bioinformatics ILV

Clinical Bioinformatics ILV

Lector: Smriti Shridhar, PhD

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Understanding genetic diseases, biomarkers
Genome wide association studies (GWAS)
Interpreting DNA variants
Human Genome Project
Clinical Data and Ethics

Assessment methods

Multiple-Choice Questions in the middle of the course and scientific papers related to the topic will be presented by students (in groups) at the end of the course

Teaching methods

Lecture / Practical exercises / Case-studies / Presentations

1.53
Metagenom Analysis ILV

Metagenom Analysis ILV

Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Introduction to the production and analysis of metagenome/microbiome data.

Assessment methods

Presentation of a practical task.

Teaching methods

Vortrag, Diskussion und praktisches Beispiel.

12
Molecular Design ILV

Molecular Design ILV

Lector: Dr. Sven Brüschweiler, Dr. Leonhard Geist, Dr. Tanja Gesell

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

based on the class from last semester RNA and Protein Structure Prediction, this lecture addresses Molecular Design; topics include:
- from small molecule descriptions to Protein - Ligand and RNA - Ligand complexes as well as Protein RNA interactions
- high-throughput screening (HTS)
- ncRNA in human diseases
- pharmacophore models
- disease networks

Assessment methods

Practical sessions and a project at the end of the course (50% each)

Teaching methods

theoretical and practical exercises

1.53
Network and Internet Technologies ILV

Network and Internet Technologies ILV

Lector: Silvia Schmidt, MSc BSc

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Internet survey
Internet-of-Things / Biothings survey
LoRaWAN Project
IT-Security basics
Genome browser basics

Assessment methods

Written exam & practical exercises

Teaching methods

lecture, exercises, inverted classroom

Language

German

12
Patenting ILV

Patenting ILV

Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Anatol Dietl, Mag. iur. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Stadler

1SWS
2ECTS

Lecture contents

Protective rights; Reading patent documents; scope of protection; novelty, state of the art; inventive step; further requirements of patentability; patent application procedure; international patent laws and treatys; patent licensing;

Assessment methods

written tests at the beginning of the lecture units; homework problem

Teaching methods

Lecture

Language

German

12
Computational Systems Biology ILV

Computational Systems Biology ILV

Lector: Dr. Jürgen Zanghellini

1.5SWS
3ECTS

Lecture contents

Computer models of biochemical networks are able to connect the genotype with the phenotype. In this primer we will give an introduction to biochemical network analysis. We will introduce basic concepts of network reconstruction and constraint based analysis of biological networks. In particular we will cover the process of building (genome scale) metabolic models and study the steady state behavior of these networks with flux balance analysis (FBA) and related methods. Finally we will show that these methods are successfully used in metabolic engineering, where FBA is a standard approach for the rationally designing microbial cell factories.

(*) Basic mathematical concepts in systems biology
(*) Reconstruction of biochemical networks
(*) Stoichiometric networks and their analysis
(*) Applications in biotechnology

Assessment methods

Home work and final exam

Teaching methods

Lecture and in class exercises

Language

German-English

1.53

LectureSWSECTS
Master Thesis Supervision MT 11
Master Thesis MT 028
Master Thesis Seminar SE 11

Semester dates
Summer semester 2020: 10th February to 12th July 2020
Winter semester 2020/21: 17th August 2020 to 31st January 2021

Number of teaching weeks
20 per semester

 

Times
6.00 p.m.-9.15 p.m. (ca. four times Mon to Fri), Sat ca. every two weeks (all day)

Language of instruction
German


How you benefit

As an expert in bioinformatics, you will manage and analyze data with high-throughput analysis methods and model structures and functions of biomolecules. You will find a career in the following occupational fields:

  • Biotechnologische Forschungsunternehmen
  • Biopharmazeutische Industrie
  • Industrielle Biotechnologie
  • Medizinische und molekularbiologische Forschung
  • Bioinformatik-DienstleistungsanbieterInnen

Admission

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree in natural sciences-technology or similar qualification from an institute of higher education with a total of 180 ECTS credits

With at least > 13 ECTS credits in computer science, such as Introduction to Bioinformatics, Basics databases and operating systems, programming. > 13 ECTS credits in technical subjects such as process engineering, principals of bioprocess technology, measurement and control technology. More information is available upon request.

Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.

Application

There are 18 places available in the master's degree program in Bioinformatics every two years. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:1.5

To apply you will require the following documents:

  • Bachelor/diploma certificate or equivalent certificate from abroad

Certificates from abroad as well as a description of the courses and exemplary documents must be submitted as certified translations. Letters of recommendation from teachers from the institute abroad will help the head of the academic section to assess whether the admission requirements have been fulfilled.

  • List of courses completed or transcript
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV in table form

Please note:

It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.

Admission procedure

The admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.

  • Aim
    The aim is to ensure places are offered to those persons who complete the multi-level admission procedure with the best results. The tests are designed to assess the skills needed for an applicant's chosen profession.
  • Procedure
    The written admission test assesses the applicant's knowledge of programming, molecular biology and statistics. Applicants then undergo an admission interview on the same day to provide a first impression of their personal aptitude. The qualities interviewers are looking for include professional motivation, an understanding of the profession, performance, time management.
    Points are assigned to each section of the test.
  • Criteria
    The criteria for acceptance are based solely on performance. The geographical origin of the applicant has no influence on the admission decision. The admission requirements must be met in all cases. Applicants are evaluated according to the following weighting system:
    > Written admission test (60%)
    > Admission interview (40%)

    The study places are awarded at the latest in mid-July based on this ranking. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the admission procedure are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.

Studying with disabilities

You want to apply for the course and require support due to a disability, chronic illness or restriction?
Please contact:
Mag.a Ursula Weilenmann

Gender & Diversity Management
barrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.at


Contact

Secretary's office

Elisabeth Beck
Elisabeth Holzmann, Bakk.techn.
Johanna Bauer
Barbara Philipp
Muthgasse 62
1190 Vienna
T:+43 1 606 68 77-3600
F: +43 1 606 68 77-3609
bioengineering@fh-campuswien.ac.at

Map Muthgasse (Google Maps)

Office hours during semester
Mon to Thu, 4.30 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

By appointment
Mon to Thu, 10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.
Fri, 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.




Teaching staff and research staff


Cooperations and Campusnetzwerk

We work closely with numerous industrial companies, universities such as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the associated Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT) and other research institutes.This guarantees you strong contacts for your professional career or participation in research and development activities.You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk.It’s well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!

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