• Code MEDN3007
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medical Science
  • Areas of interest Medical Science, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Algorithms and Data
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eduardo Eyras
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Students must submit a Research Project Summary form for this course. Further information below.

The deluge of data from our newfound ability to sequence genomes and visualise molecules from thousands of cells and individuals will revolutionise healthcare. Computational solutions, from distributed computing to deep learning, are increasingly essential to biomedical progress. While the transformation at the interface of high-throughput experimentation and computer science is underway, biomedical research is generating data at a faster pace than we are able to process and interpret it. This presents an unheralded opportunity for motivated students to become the new leaders of the computational biology revolution.

This course is an opportunity for students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds — including but not limited to computer science, engineering, statistics, biology, physics and mathematics — to work on real-world biomedical problems using computational methods under the supervision of top researchers at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). This course will embed students into multidisciplinary teams to identify and work on applications of innovative computational technologies to biomedicine. 

This course can be taken as either 6 or 12 units. Students who take the 12 unit version are expected to undertake more in-depth and sustained study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Plan and pursue a guided investigation and evaluation of computational methods to address biomedical research questions.
  2. Systematically apply relevant theory and methods and draw evidence-based conclusions to biomedical problems using computational technologies.
  3. Explain concepts in computational biology and develop a translational application.
  4. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of computational methodologies to solve biomedical problems.
  5. Demonstrate capacity for scientific reasoning through the application of basic concepts in computational biology and their communication to academic audiences.

Other Information

Admission to this course is subject to availability of a suitable supervisor and approval from the Course Convener.

Further details about potential supervisors and projects can be found via the JCSMR website: Talo Computational Biomedicine Courses | The John Curtin School of Medical Research (anu.edu.au)

Students must complete the Research Project Summary Form which can be obtained from the JCSMR HDR Student Administration Team by email (jcsmr.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au) and submitted via the following link: https://students.science.anu.edu.au/program-admin/requesting-permission-enrol

There is a financial award available from the JCSMR Talo Computational Biology Talent Accelerator.

Selection for an award will be based on academic merit.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project Proposal (10) [LO 1,4]
  2. Software Output (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Final Report (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Oral Presentation (20) [LO 3,5]

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This course is available as 6 or 12 unit course. For each 6 units of enrolment, the expected minimum workload will consist of approximately 130 hours of total student learning time made up of independent student research, reading and writing. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with their supervisor and attend all supervisory meetings.

The expected workload if taken as a 6 unit course will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including approximately 65 hours of team meetings, event preparation and self-directed study, including developing skills in developing and/or using software tools, and 65 hours of computational design and data analysis. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards group scientific discussions, presentations in group meetings, and attend school seminars.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum 72 units of tertiary study. This course has a limited number of places due to availability of supervision. Enrolment in this course is dependent upon the availability of a suitable supervisor and must be approved by the course convener. An expression of interest with a confirmed supervisor is required. Incompatible with MEDN8007.

You will need to contact the John Curtin School of Medical Research to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

An Introduction to Bioinformatics Algorithms. N.C. Jones & P. A. Pevzner. MIT Press. 2004 (https://books.google.com.cu/books?id=p_qzpkNVcUwC)

Mathematics for Machine Learning. Copyright 2020 by Marc Peter Deisenroth, A. Aldo Faisal, and Cheng Soon Ong. Published by Cambridge University Press (https://mml-book.github.io/)

Assumed Knowledge

Sufficient knowledge and experience in the development of software for data analysis will be required for this course. It is recommended to have successfully completed one or more courses on algorithms, programming, and data analysis, such as:

COMP1730 Programming for scientists

COMP1100 Programming as problem solving

MATH3407 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling

BIOL2202 Experimental design and analysis in biology

BIOL3157 Bioinformatics and its applications

COMP3600 Algorithms


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6 to 12 units

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6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $860 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $1140 per unit
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7342 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View
7343 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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