BIO8046 : Applied Bioinformatics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Edwards
- Lecturer: Dr James Stach, Dr Jon Marles-Wright
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
Module introduces the basic concepts of bioinformatics to students. The module is devised such that students from a range of backgrounds can understand the theory and practice of applying computers and statistics to the field of molecular biology. The module is hands-on and will train as well as educate the students. The module is divided into lectures and workshops to ensure that lecture information is transferred to practical teaching. The students will become competent in the use of molecular biology databases and bioinformatics tools including those aimed at investigating: sequence similarity, sequence analysis, protein structure, phylogeny, and genome browsing. The series of workshops will present students with actual problem solving exercises ensuring that students are able to apply what they learn, particularly during their research projects.
Outline Of Syllabus
An introduction to bioinformatics (1)
Sequence prediction and genome browsing (1)
Sequence databases (2)
Sequence similarity (2)
Sequence analysis (2)
Structural prediction (2)
Tutorials and practice examples will be delivered through Blackboard
Practical workshops (5)
As above - aligned with lectures. Each workshop will be used to give students data to analyse using the different bioinformatics tools that they have been introduced to. Students will submit their results at the end of each session for marking.
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||10||2:00||20:00||Material given in advance for students to read & investigate topics & themes for workshop discussion|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||5||2:00||10:00||Understanding of the topics and skills will be assessed through a series of set practical problems.|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||10||1:00||10:00||Students will practise and familiarise themselves with the skills needed for the workshops|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||10||2:00||20:00||Workshop provide a forum where topics can be discussed in depth allowing student directed learning.|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||10||0:30||5:00||To allow time to reflect on performance in the assessed practical classes and to address weak areas|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||10||1:00||10:00||Surgery will deliver feedback after prac sessions and allow the students a forum to discuss the work|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||25:00||25:00||Wider reading around the subject to further understanding and relevance of the subject.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The module aims to provide both theory and practice in bioinformatics. This is achieved using the lecture/workshop model; students are given theory and demonstrations, guided to online tutorials and practice, and then set problems to work through in a workshop. The module will make strong use of online materials, such that students can attempt problems prior to lectures and workshops, giving the students an opportunity to direct the teaching to their needs.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||100||Students will be assessed through the taught practical components.|
|Reflective log||2||M||Students will be encouraged to keep a blog of their work, progress and ideas to help them in future modules.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The practical components are designed such that students will be solving problems relevant to molecular biology. This will provide them with the skills required to apply bioinformatics to their research. The assessments will ensure that the students are fully able to conduct basic bioinformatics to the level required for postgraduate research.
Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.