CSC8304 : Computing Environments for Bioinformatics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Harold Fellermann
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To identify the appropriate manner with which bioinformatics services may be provided by a variety of different enabling technologies and presented in a cohesive manner to users. The module provides an elementary introduction to some important topics of computer science that are relevant for bioinformaticians. These topics include Computer Architecture, Data Storage, and Systems Administration.
Outline Of Syllabus
Introduction to Computer Architecture,
CPU/Memory/HD/Network bound computation,
Data Storage (including relational other databases),
Data Transfer (XML),
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||26||0:30||13:00||Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||1:00||22:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||1:00||11:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||11||1:00||11:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||21||1:00||21:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.
Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||50||Open book exam.|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||50||1 exercise. Max 1,000 words.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The assessment has two components: coursework and exam. The coursework assesses the practical skills and is made of components focusing on sets of such skills, allowing separate assessment of these sets of skills. The exam covers the whole course and offers the students a choice from several questions. The exam assesses bookwork material and also the application of the learned knowledge in designing solutions to relevant problems (e.g. databases, programs).
Study abroad students considering this module should contact the School to discuss its availability and assessment.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.