Introduction to Bioinformatics (COMP5456)


This unit brings together a wide range of skils that are routinely practised in bioinformatics, from the "hard" subjects of mathematics, statistics and computer science, to the "soft" subjects in the biological/health sciences and pharmacology. It covers the essentials of bioinformatics data gathering, manipulation, mining and storage that underpin bioinformatics research, and provides additional practice in the graduate attributes of Research and Inquiry, Information Literacy and Communication through analysis of scientific research, use of large bioinformatics data sets, and writing of reports.

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Block mode in Summer School.


Through course assessment(30%), final exam (70%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: Some experience with basic programming (coding) in Java, C, C++ or Perl; Some proven ability in mathematical or information sciences (as evinced in the prerequisites); Some knowledge of molecular biology either through first year BIOL p



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