• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body, Bioinformatics, Biology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Gavin Huttley
    • Prof Justin Borevitz
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL3157
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course provides an introduction to 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 that has distinct but overlapping aspects: the development of computational infrastructure (eg. 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. Their rapid and large-scale acquisition in today's genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and other -omics projects poses the major challenge of modern biology. The large-scale and genome-wide analysis 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 short sections on computer programming using the Python and R programming languages. We further cover advanced work practices employed during bioinformatics research, including code testing and use of version control systems. Research topics covered will include techniques for sequence comparison, population and comparative genomics, and transcript analysis.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe and apply a variety of sophisticated work practices in bioinformatics, including computer programming. 
  2. Describe and evaluate current research procedures across a range of advanced topics in bioinformatics.
  3. Evaluate and interpret current literature in areas of bioinformatic practice. 
  4. Design, implement and critically evaluate research methodology in the context of advanced bioinformatic analysis of DNA sequence data. 
  5. Demonstrate the ability to construct and evaluate hypotheses about genomic data from mathematical and statistical models through analytical and computational methods.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

Assignments on five topics 100% (20% ea) distributed throughout the semester including computer programming exercise - LO1,2,3,4,5.

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Workload

Two computer labs of 2 hours per week. In addition, the course requires a substantial number of self assigned(i.e. non-contact) hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with BIOL3157

Assumed Knowledge

The equivalent of BIOL2151 or BIOL3161, and some statistical knowledge (equivalent to BIOL2001 or BIOL2202 or STAT1003 or STAT1008). Some previous experience in compute rprogramming will be an advantage.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7577 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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