Note: these pages are currently being revised for the 2012/13 session but will continue to be updated over the semester, please check back often.
- Assignment 1, deadline 29 October 2012, 4pm
- Assignment 2, deadline 26 November 2012, 4pm.
(UofE access only)
Links to useful material on-line:
Some of these slides will change but for those interested, 2011 Lecture Notes are available from within UofE domain
All lectures in South (smaller) computing lab on level5 Appleton Tower
This is a computing lab since we aim to use examples and media based walkthroughs in the class. Each session will have a mix of lecture style material with tutorial and lab type events used where appropriate. Please ask questions during the class.
For those without DICE login accounts, please go to the ITO office on level 4 in Appleton Tower to collect your passwords. Let them know you are from another school but registered for Bioinformaitcs 1. Any problems should be fixed there.
Course Staff are:
We both have a mix of wet-lab and computational activities so can be hard to find. Always best to drop an email with the question and we'll meet or mail you asap.
We will not be using a specific text book. All material required for the course will be linked from the course web pages. For looking up specific concepts we reccomend the use of
For a more interactive introduction to many concepts we reccomend the excellent
Dolan DNA Learning Centre
websites which we will be using extensively through the course.
The course will have two in house homework assignments which we will set as soon as possible. These will be worth 30%. The rest of the marks will come from an end of semester exam in December.
Course Concept and Aims
A primary requisite for relevant, and efficient, research in Bioinformatics is that scientists from both
fields (biology and informatics) are involved, or consulted. Team work can only be successful if all
parties have a basic ground knowledge of the respective other field and, most importantly, that they can
communicate with each other.
The aims of the course are to help you overcome both of these difficulties in your future careers. The course
will cover topics that include core biology concepts that relate to bioinformatics, biological data and their
source and structure as well as common tools for their analysis.
The course will also involve group-based practical work on using and developing bioinformatics solutions.
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes:
- Communicate about essential and modern biology and how it relates to Informatics
- Describe basic biotechnology in the context of its underlying theoretical basis
with an emphasis on the technologies routinely used in modern biological sciences.
- Implement a suite of core bioinformatics services and describe their application.