Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 27.04.2021 - 18.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mauri Kostiainen, Mauri Kostiainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mauri Kostiainen, Mauri Kostiainen

Contact information for the course (valid 23.03.2021-21.12.2112):

Teacher in charge: Prof. Mauri Kostiainen

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Interactive lectures and hands-on computer work

    Exercises and group project

    Closing seminar with presentations

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course is graded with pass/fail.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 4*6 h = 24 h

    Project work + documentation 57 h

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


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Softwares: UCSF Chimera, Povray, Blender

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Software documentation, lecture materials and introduction videos.