NORBIS course proposal
General guidelines and requirements for NORBIS PhD-courses:

1. Student work load per study point:
NORBIS uses the ECTS guidelines from the European commission for the determination of student work hours per study point for all the PhD-courses. ECTS recommend that 1 STP should correspond to 25-30 hours of work for a student based on 9 hours working days, 5 days a week. The total work load should include lectures, seminars, pre- and post work of lectures and seminars, laboratory exercises, reports, project work, self-study, preparation for exams, and the exam (see examples below). When a NORBIS course is announced, the distribution of the total working hours should be indicated.

2. Format of courses:
PhD-courses in NORBIS may consist of two parts:
a. The part where lecturers and tutors are interacting with the students as a class (lectures, practical, seminars etc).
b. Project work, literature survey etc. carried out individually – closely related to part a.
In order to be a national course and to reduce the costs for travel and accommodation, part a. of the course should be held intensively in not more than two sessions. The exam could constitute a possible third gathering.

3. Evaluation of the student performance for the course:
Students are tested in the curriculum in terms of a written or oral exam. The evaluation should be of the form passed/not passed.

4. Content and topic of the course:
PhD-courses within NORBIS should mainly have an in-depth method profile and content.

5. Course categories:
The courses organised within NORBIS may typically fit into one of the following categories. If possible, please indicate in your application which will fit best:
a. Core courses: these courses cover methodology within one discipline at in-depth level (i.e., each course being within either bioinformatics, biostatistics, machine learning or systems biology and covering sets of methods and approaches central to molecular biological enquires).
b. Combined courses: integrate methods from multiple disciplines (e.g. “prediction in molecular biology”, “dimension reduction”).
c. Interface courses: covering methods for one particular application domain (e.g. “gene regulation”, “metagenomics").

NORBIS guidelines decided by the board:

1. During its first phase, NORBIS will in general support methodical and general courses in bioinformatics, biostatistics and systems biology.

2. NORBIS PhD-courses will be open to national and international participants outside of NORBIS. We will reserve the majority of the seats for NORBIS students or students from collaborating research schools,if the number of participants should be limited.

3. NORBIS encourages course holders to take advantage of expertise in the field from more than one of the NORBIS member groups and institutions, when relevant. Inter-institutional initiatives and invited speakers will be judged positively in the selection of courses, and NORBIS reserves the rights to suggest merging of initiatives where this is relevant.

4. The board will make final decisions on which courses to support.

5. Depending on the cost of each course, the budget allows for supporting 4 courses for the first year and 2-3 new courses annually. We aim that NORBIS will be able to support more than 10 courses in total, including costs for preparation and a biannual periodicity.

6. Compensation for teaching and course preparations currently constitutes a flat rate of 60 000 NOK per week of teaching. This sum should cover preparation and teaching for internal as well as external lecturers, and will be paid to the responsible department, which in turn will work out the financial details together with the responsible researchers. Accommodation, diet and travel-related expenses for students, course organisers and invited speakers will come on top of this.

Proposed course name *
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Responsible researcher *
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Course description *
Please note that the description provided here will be used for external communication on the NORBIS website. The course proposal must be in accordance with the NORBIS guidelines.
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Course program *
Please provide a tentative outline of the course (number of sessions and hours for lectures, exercises, colloquium, preparation time for reports, exam or others).
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Learning outcomes and competence *
Please provide an overview of the methods taught during the course and how these may be applied
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Prerequisites *
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Evaluation *
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Number of ECTS given / Number of hours *
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Maximal number of students
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Budget *
The budget will cover compensation for internal and external lecturers, travel expenses for lecturers and students, and other costs (please specify). See NORBIS board guidelines at the top of this form.
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