Credits: 3

Schedule: 23.04.2020 - 14.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Mauri Kostiainen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course, the student

  • knows the basic functions of the given softwares
  • can identify creative and artistic ways of presenting science
  • is able to produce 3D rendered images
  • can produce simple animations
  • can start working on a visualization topic from own study / research field

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course provides basic software tools for visualization, 3D modelling and rendering. The aim is to promote creativeness and artistic way of presenting science. Special focus is placed on the visualization small organic compounds, biomolecules and their animations. The course uses three free open-source softwares: UCSF Chimera (protein and volume structures), Povray (text-based scene description) and Blender (3D modelling with GUI). Project work is focused to help the students own key points in scientific productions and presentations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Interactive lectures and hands-on computer work

Exercises and group project

Closing seminar with presentations

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 4*6 h = 24 h

Project work + documentation 57 h

Optional: Learning diary / Exercises 54 h to get 5 cr.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Softwares: UCSF Chimera, Povray, Blender

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi. Maximum number of students to the course is 15. Students will be selected in the order of enrollment.


Registration and further information