C++ for Biologists

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WBBY015-05
Vaknaam C++ for Biologists
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam C++ for Biologists
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. Demonstrate sufficient working knowledge of the syntax rules of C++ to be able to assemble simple simulation algorithms
2. Write code using a consistent programming style that complies with the quality standards for the documentation of scientific work
3. Use professional resources for debugging, optimization and code development
4. Design a simulation algorithm to address a given biological research question, and reflect on the biological implications of simulation results
Omschrijving This course, which is specifically designed for biology students, teaches the participants how to develop software in the programming language C++. Special emphasis is given to the implementation of biological models. The course is accessible to students irrespective of their previous programming experience; the primary target audience consists of students with no prior background in programming. These students use the first two weeks of the course to become familiar with the essentials of the C++ programming language, such as:
• Procedural programming: data types, operators, program flow and functions
• Elementary applications of the Standard Template Library
• Data input & generation of output including statistics like mean and standard deviation
The third week of the course is devoted to:
• Program design, algorithms and debugging
• Deterministic simulation techniques for biological models
• Pseudo-random numbers and stochastic simulations
• Programming mini-project
Students who already possess basic C++ programming skills, or students who are already familiar with another programming language can participate in an advanced track, which runs in parallel as part of the MSc variant of the course. For these students the course covers:
• A brief review of procedural programming techniques and elementary C++
• Pointers, templates and advanced applications of the Standard Template Library
• Object-oriented programming
• Individual-based simulation techniques
A self-study variant of the course is available for motivated students who are unable to follow the course in a classroom setting due to scheduling constraints.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Lectures 30 hrs, practicals 90 hrs. self-study 30 hrs)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Tussentoets (IT)
(IT-20%, PRC-80%. The final grade of the course is based on (1) the marks for the weekly programming assignments and mini-project (determining 25%, 25% and 30% of the final grade for week 1, 2, and 3, respectively) and (2) the proportion of hand-in assignments/diagnostic tests that were completed successfully (determining 20% of the final grade).)
Vaksoort bachelor
Co├Ârdinator prof. dr. G.S. van Doorn
Docent(en) dr. J. Bakker ,prof. dr. G.S. van Doorn
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Programming in C++ for Biologists Sander van Doorn, Joke Bakker €  15,00
Entreevoorwaarden PLEASE NOTE
Students from degree programmes other than Biology/Life Science & Technology who would like to participate in this course unit need to be available full-time during the course. The course is a three-week block course with a full schedule. It is not possible to follow another course next to this course.

Students from the Bachelor's degree programmes Biology and Life Science & Technology take priority over students from other degree programmes when the course has a maximum capacity.
Opmerkingen Regular attendance of the practicals (signed off >50% of hand-in assignments/diagnostic tests) and participation in all weekly assignments/mini-project are preconditions for obtaining a final mark.
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