Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Oral Exam

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How to plan your oral exam?

  • Most of our courses have written exams, but we actually prefer to do oral exams if student numbers permit (up to 20-25 students). The course coordinator should announce this in the first couple of weeks of the course.
  • Re-sits are typically done orally, by appointment. Contact the course coordinator if this may be the case for you.

Preparation for the oral exam

What you should be able to do:

  • explain all concepts treated in the lectures
  • explain algorithms in detail
  • compare different methods on performance, accuracy and suitability for a problem
  • come up with your own biological examples for problems

Note that "explaining" here means that you should be able to talk about it for 5-10 minutes, and be able to explain it to a novice in the field (e.g. your mum/dad/brother/sister/...)

When preparing you should:

  • Read background information on concepts treated in lectures, especially if you do not fully understand them
  • If you really get stuck, please ask the course coordinator or lecturer(s). Your exam is not the right place to ask 'last minute' questions.
  • Look for any alternative methods
  • Look at scientific resources and literature indicated in the lectures

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