Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Provides an overview and introduction to Bioinformatics focusing on the application of computational methods, information science and scientific databases in genomics and proteomics. A key focus will be the understanding of important concepts underlying bioinformatics, with a thorough grounding in standard computational techniques for the analysis of biological sequence data.

Unit content

  • Introduction of bioinformatics, review of DNA structure, organisation, replication, transcription and translation
  • Biomolecular databases
  • Sequence alignment and database searching
  • Basic gene and genome analysis
  • Phylogenetic relationships
  • Analysis of next generation sequencing data
  • Application of expression systems
  • Computational approaches in comparative genomics and human disease
  • Proteomics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Pevsner, J, 2015, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, 3rd edn, Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-118-58178-0.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hrs (9 wks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hr (6 wks)
Laboratory session 2.5 hrs (8 wks)
Practical reports25%
Project report30%
Exam: closed book45%

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