- Code BIOL6243
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biology
This course introduces the key methods and technologies of bioinformatics as pertinent to genomics. These are the fastest growing fields of biology and perhaps science. Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing scientific discipline at the interface of genomics, statistics and computer science. It has distinct but overlapping aspects: the development of computational infrastructure (e.g. algorithms, programs, databases) and their use to analyse a wide variety of biological data. Among these data, genes, transcripts, and epigenetic features play a central role. Making sense of the rapid and large-scale data acquisition of today's genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and other -omics projects poses the major challenge of modern biology. Analyses of these data relies on advances in bioinformatics and statistics.
As computer literacy is central to bioinformatics, it is also central to this course. Accordingly, the course includes a brief review of the Python programming language. We further cover advanced work practices employed during bioinformatics research, including code testing and version control systems. Research topics covered will include techniques for sequence comparison, population and comparative genomics.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe and apply a variety of sophisticated work practices in bioinformatics, including computer programming.
- Describe and logically evaluate current research procedures across a range of advanced topics in bioinformatics.
- Demonstrate the ability to reason logically about problems to which bioinformatic analysis of DNA sequence data can be applied.
- Design, implement and critically evaluate research methodology in the context of advanced bioinformatic analysis of DNA sequence data.
- Demonstrate the ability to construct and evaluate hypotheses about genomic data from mathematical and statistical models through analytical and computational methods.
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- Quizzes (4) [LO 1]
- Written assignments (approx 2 across the semester) (12) [LO 3]
- Coding assignments (4) [LO 1]
- Professional practice (5) [LO 1]
- Mixed written and coding assignments (approx 3 x assignments across the semester) (75) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of a 1 hour plus 2 x 2 hour computer labs per week (total 60 hours).
- Approximately 82 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for computer labs and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
"Topics in Bioinformatics" written by Prof. Huttley, available online at https://gavinhuttley.github.io/tib/.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|19 Feb 2024
|26 Feb 2024
|05 Apr 2024
|24 May 2024