Bioinformatics (BSTA5013)

UNIT OF STUDY

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an introduction to the field of Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field that combines biology with quantitative methods to help understand biological processes, such as disease progression. Content: basic notions in biology; basic principles of statistical genetics; web-based tools, data sources and retrieval; analysis of single and multiple DNA or protein sequences; hidden Markov models and their applications; evolutionary models; phylogenetic trees; transcriptomics (gene expression microarrays and RNA-seq); use of R in bioinformatics applications.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

8-12 hours total study time per week

Assessment

3 written assignments (20% each); final at-home examination (40%)

Textbooks

Durbin R, Eddy S, Krogh A, Mitchison G. Biological Sequence Analysis: Probabilistic models of proteins and nucleic acids. Cambridge University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0-521-62971-3. Notes supplied.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites

BSTA5007

Additional Information

This unit of study is only offered in odd numbered years. It is available in 2017.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.