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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1understand how genes, the molecules they produce and the molecules that regulate them can be analysed using computing resourcesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2source reliable bioinformatics literature and on-line databases to critically appraise DNA, RNA, and protein sequence informationIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3apply knowledge of gene structure-function relationships and incorporate statistical methodology to set problems and case studies Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4critically analyse the concepts and approaches to characterising genes and genomesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5critically analyse the impact of bioinformatics and emerging technologies on current and future biological researchIntellectual rigourEthical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand how genes, the molecules they produce and the molecules that regulate them can be analysed using computing resources
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. source reliable bioinformatics literature and on-line databases to critically appraise DNA, RNA, and protein sequence information
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply knowledge of gene structure-function relationships and incorporate statistical methodology to set problems and case studies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. critically analyse the concepts and approaches to characterising genes and genomes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critically analyse the impact of bioinformatics and emerging technologies on current and future biological research
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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