Advanced Bioinformatics - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Analysis Task (30%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

Please note: This unit was previously coded SCB320.

Bioinformatics is the computational management and use of biological information to solve biological problems. This unit will cover several aspects of this rapidly evolving field. Topics will include descriptions of genetic and biological databases and relevant tools available to retrieve and analyse the information within these. Sequence alignment will be covered in some detail. An introduction to proteomics will be given, including protein identification, molecular modelling and methods to determine protein structure. This unit is designed to enable students to evaluate biological data using bioinformatics techniques, and to become adept at performing such analyses.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the theoretical basis behind bioinformatics
  2. search databases accessible on the WWW for literature relating to molecular biology and biotechnology
  3. retrieve information from databases using text and sequence searching
  4. manipulate DNA and protein sequences
  5. construct and interpret evolutionary trees
  6. analyse protein sequences, identify proteins, and retrieve protein structures from databases. View and interpret these structures. Understand homology modelling.
  • Analysis Task (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Project (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

A basic knowledge of molecular biology on computing.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Descriptions of genetic and biological databases
2Introduction to proteomics

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