Unit description

Provides an overview of bioinformatics, focusing on the application of the internet, scientific databases and computational methods in genomics and proteomics.  The focus will be on the contribution and prospect of computational biology techniques, technologies and experimental approaches to our understanding of key human diseases.

Unit content

Topic 1: Review of DNA structure, organisation and replication, transcription and translation

Topic 2: Introduction to the global genetic databases

Topic 3: Basic gene and genome analysis tools and approaches

Topic 4: Deciphering DNA and protein sequence information

Topic 5: Isolation and characterisation of DNA: molecular tools and laboratory techniques

Topic 6: Predicting molecular structures from genomic information

Topic 7: Phylogenetic relationships

Topic 8: Application of expression systems

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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