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BIOL2013 Bioinformatics

Module Overview

The module includes an introduction to bioinformatics and its role in modern 'Omics' technologies; developments in DNA sequencing technologies; bioinformatic analyses of DNA; sequence alignment and biological databases.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how DNA sequencing is carried out
  • Explain how sequencing techniques have developed over the years, and give some applications.
  • Recognise the important role of bioinformatics in modern 'Omics' technologies.
  • Conduct a bioinformatics analysis with example data and interpret the findings.
  • Describe the main principles behind sequence similarity searches and sequence alignments.

Syllabus

The module includes an introduction to bioinformatics and its role in modern 'Omics' technologies; developments in DNA sequencing technologies; bioinformatic analyses of DNA; sequence alignment and biological databases.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, independent study and involvement in a module assignment on bioinformatics.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Lecture24
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 25%
Written exam  (2 hours) 75%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam  (2 hours) 100%

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: BIOL1007 OR BIOL1010.

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
BIOL1005Cell Biology & Genetics
BIOL1010Macromolecules of Life
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