The programme

A.A. 2021/2022

Servizi di orientamento

The new site of the Study Orientation Office, with new form and content, is the result of a long project aiming to give a better and more complete service to its many users. Users are mostly secondary schools pupils approaching the university world for the first time and schools' University Orientation Services who organize activities to assist their pupils in post-school choices. "Making a decision means choosing the best alternative to satisfy one's expectations, preferences and aspirations".

More details: www.univr.it/orientamento (italian page)

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Course of study in brief

Head of the Course: Prof. Ferdinando Cicalese

The Degree in Bioinformatics integrates knowledge of programming, algorithms, systems and architectures, and computer science fundamentals, with basic knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and biology, such as cell biology. This combination provides the necessary training to work in a new cutting edge field at the forefront of computer science and biology which, for example, has made human genome sequencing possible. The programme provides the skills needed to work in applied computer science for medicine and biology, sectors which are increasingly using information technology for tasks such as accessing genomic databases and analysing data from biotechnology laboratories. The degree programme lays the foundation to address specific topics in advanced bioinformatics that will have a growing impact on medicine and natural sciences in the years to come, for example: modelling and simulation of biological processes, drug development and innovative treatments, and understanding biomolecular phenomena.

For informations:
Please note that all notices relating to the teaching organization of the course can be consulted on the bulletin board of U.O. Didattica Studenti Scienze e Ingegneria.

Tutor: tutors are assigned on request. Students can ask the programme director for a tutor.  

Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS)

As part of the Quality Assurance system, complete, updated and easily available information on objectives, study plan, resources used and results achieved for each degree programme is made available through the SUA-CdS - Scheda Unica Annuale del Corso di Studio (Degree programme annual factsheet). This includes an Overview and three public sections (Learning Objectives, Student Experience, Learning Outcomes) which together provide a wide range of information about each degree programme. The SUA-CdS also contains an administrative section (Administration and Quality Management) that is for internal use only.

The Degree programme annual factsheet (SUA-CdS), which is currently available only in Italian, is a valuable tool that can be used by the University to design, implement and reorganise, as well as to evaluate, each degree programme. However, the SUA-CdS factsheet is also useful for students, to help them choose the right programme of study.
 

  • Typology Corsi di laurea
  • Duration 3  years
  • Possibility of part-time enrollment Yes
  • Access open access
  • Category L-31
  • Site verona
  • Language of instruction Italian
  • Methods of teaching delivery Mixed
Il corso di laurea in Bioinformatica si propone di integrare conoscenze fondamentali e applicate di biologia con strumenti analitici e quantitativi per descrivere formalmente e computazionalmente i fenomeni biologici e fornire modelli per analizzare e interpretare i dati sperimentali. Il corso ha l'obbiettivo primario di fornire le competenze necessarie per applicare l'informatica alla biologia e alla medicina, ma nel contempo, pone le basi per affrontare temi specifici avanzati, destinati ad avere un crescente impatto nella comprensione di fenomeni biomolecolari.

Il corso prevede che gli insegnamenti si susseguano nel triennio in modo che l'apprendimento degli aspetti di base dei vari ambiti sia finalizzato alla costruzione delle competenze operative ed applicative. Esso si articola in corsi di insegnamento, attività a scelta dello studente, altre attività e prova finale. I corsi di insegnamento sono organizzati in forma di sola lezione frontale e di lezione frontale integrata da attività di laboratorio. I laboratori sono parte integrante del processo formativo e finalizzati allo sviluppo di specifiche competenze applicative di tipo informatico, biologico, e bioinformatico.
Quando necessario, lo studente può avvalersi di specifici programmi di formazione in lingua straniera forniti dall'Ateneo. Il corso di laurea prevede che una parte dei CFU possano essere acquisiti attraverso il conseguimento e la fruizione di borse Erasmus condotte presso sedi universitarie estere.
La prova finale, con cui lo studente termina il corso di studi, serve a valutare globalmente le abilità acquisite dallo studente durante i tre anni di studio e implica il sostenimento dell'esame di laurea secondo i criteri stabiliti dal vigente Regolamento del corso di laurea.
Il laureato in Bioinformatica possiede le competenze necessarie per lavorare nell'ambito dell'informatica applicata alla medicina e alla biologia Funzione in un contesto di lavoro: Il laureato in Bioinformatica è in grado di inserirsi in ruoli di mediazione culturale, professionale e scientifica tra biotecnologi e specialisti informatici in aziende e progetti di grande impegno innovativo e tecnologico. Competenze associate alla funzione: Il laureato in Bioinformatica possiede: - conoscenze e competenze nei vari settori delle scienze e tecnologie dell'informazione e della comunicazione mirate al loro utilizzo nella progettazione, sviluppo e gestione di sistemi informatici; - capacità di affrontare e analizzare problemi e di sviluppare sistemi informatici per la loro soluzione; - approfondite conoscenze delle metodologie di indagine e capacità di applicarle in situazioni concrete con appropriata conoscenza degli strumenti matematici di supporto alle competenze informatiche; - buona conoscenza della lingua inglese, oltre l'italiano, nell'ambito specifico di competenza e per lo scambio di informazioni generali; - capacità di lavorare in gruppo, operando in autonomia ed inserendosi prontamente negli ambienti di lavoro. Sbocchi occupazionali: Gli sbocchi occupazionali del corso di laurea sono previsti nell'ambito di: Aziende di produzione di software bioinformatico e laboratori e aziende nei settori biotecnologico, medico, farmaceutico, chimico e agroalimentare.


Quality Assurance

The quality of a degree programme is the extent to which it achieves its educational objectives and meets the quality requirements of the educational activities offered, which are determined in line with the needs and expectations of students and representatives of the world of work.

This programme has adopted a teaching Quality Assurance system in line with the University’s quality assurance guidelines and based on the e ANVUR national quality assurance guidelines, by carrying out the following activities:
  • periodic consultations with representatives of the world of work to assess the adequacy of the cultural and professional profiles offered in their courses;
  • design of educational contents and planning of resources;
  • organisation of educational activities and teaching services;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of teaching and planning measures to improve teaching and services;
  • provision of complete and up-to-date information on its website, relating to the programme (professional roles, expected learning outcomes, learning activities).
The above activities are scheduled and interrelated, based on the PDCA principles (Plan, Do, Check, Act).
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In a Quality Assurance system, students play a fundamental role: each student can play their part by participating in the Quality Assurance groups of their degree programme and in the Faculty-Student Joint Committees or, more simply, by taking part in the Student Survey on teaching, or questionnaires. It’s in this context that specific workshops for student representatives (‘Laboratori di rappresentanza attiva’) are periodically made available to students by the University and the University’s Quality Assurance Board. To find out more, please see the relevant section.

Il sistema di valutazione universitario e il ruolo dello studente

by Prof. Graziano Pravadelli: a lecture recorded on the occasion of the January 2021 workshop for student representatives.

QA bodies

QA in degree programmes

QA activities

Description of the training course - Didactic regulations

The Degree programme teaching regulations set out the organisational aspects of the degree programme, in line with the University’s teaching regulations. The first part of the document includes general information about the programme, the second part includes links to the relevant module web pages, and the third part specifies the administrative aspects.

Other Regulations

To view other regulations of interest refer to the section: Statute and regulations

The Italian University system

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First-cycle degrees: Bachelor’s degree programme

First-cycle degrees are aimed at enabling students to achieve a command of general scientific methods and content, and to acquire specific professional knowledge.
Admission requirements: secondary school diploma after completing 13 years of study in total and passing the relevant State examination, or equivalent foreign qualification; admission may be subject to further assessment.
Duration: three years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 180 CFU; doing an internship and preparing a dissertation/thesis may also be required. Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree, graduates may continue their studies by enrolling in a Master’s degree or other second-cycle degree programmes and courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree (Laurea), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore”.

Second-cycle degrees: Master’s degree

Second-cycle degrees aim to provide students with an advanced training and knowledge to take on highly-skilled roles.
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or a foreign equivalent qualification; curricular admission requirements for each course may vary depending on each University.
Duration: two years.
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 120 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”. Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees
Some courses (Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics, Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy, Architecture and Building Engineering-Architecture, Law, Primary Education) are offered as Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees (Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico).
Admission requirements: applicants must hold a secondary school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification; admission is subject to passing an admission test.
Duration: five years (six years and 360 CFU for Medicine and Surgery, and Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics).
Graduation: in order to obtain the degree, it is necessary to gain at least 300 CFU, as well as preparing and presenting a dissertation/thesis. Upon completion of a Single-cycle degree, graduates may continue their studies by applying for a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca) or other third-cycle courses.
Academic title: upon completion of a Master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale), graduates are awarded the title of “Dottore magistrale”.

Third-cycle degrees

PhD programmes: these courses enable students to gain reliable methodologies for advanced scientific research through innovative methodologies and new technologies, and generally include internships abroad and lab activities at research laboratories. Graduates wishing to apply for a PhD programme must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition; PhD programmes have a minimum duration of three years. In order to complete the programme, students must produce a research thesis/dissertation and present it at a final examination.
Academic title: upon completion of a PhD programme, students are awarded the title of “Dottore di ricerca”, or “PhD”.
Postgraduate specialisation courses: these are third-cycle courses aimed at enabling students to develop advanced knowledge and highly-specialised skills, such as in the medical, clinical and surgical fields. To be admitted to these courses, applicants must have a Master’s degree (or a foreign equivalent qualification) and pass an open competition. Postgraduate specialisation courses may last from two (120 CFU) to 6 years (360 CFU) depending on the type. Academic title: upon completion of this programme, graduates are awarded a “Diploma di Specializzazione”.

Professional Master’s programme

1st-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di primo livello”.
2nd-level Professional Master’s programmes: these courses enable students to further enhance their scientific knowledge and professional skills. In order to apply, applicants must have a Master’s degree, or foreign equivalent qualification. The minimum duration is one year (60 CFU). Please note that completing this course will not provide you with direct access to a PhD programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), or other third-cycle courses, as these courses are run and managed by each University at the local level. Upon completion of this programme, students are awarded a “Master universitario di secondo livello”.

Other useful things

Crediti Formativi Universitari (CFU/ECTS credits): Italian university courses are based on the CFU system. 1 CFU is equal to 25 hours of study. The average annual academic workload for a full-time student is generally assumed to be 60 CFU. CFU and ECTS credits serve the same purpose and generally have the same value.
Degree class: Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes that have the same learning objectives and activities are grouped into “degree classes". The educational content of each programme is set autonomously by each university; however, universities are required to include certain educational activities (and the corresponding number of CFU credits) set at the national level. These requirements are established in relation to each degree class. Degrees in the same class have the same legal value.
Double/Joint degrees: the Italian universities may establish degree programmes in partnership with other Italian or foreign universities. Upon completion of these courses, graduates are awarded a joint or double/multiple degree, one from each Partner University.

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