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CSC3431 : Introduction to BioDesign and Natural Computing (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

By the end of this module students will have gained, at an introductory level, experience in, and a knowledge of (i) the basic concepts underpinning novel forms of computation that are inspired by Nature and use biological or 'natural' (i.e., non-silicon based) computing substrates. (ii) the appication of computing in the design and engineering of biological systems. The module will prepare interested students for a dissertation project in the research area, and potential further study or early career in the field of bio-computing.

This module aims to provide a basic and wide-ranging overview of this field, while also being adequately rigorous in its treatment and grounded in real-world applications. The material covered is complementary to the stage 3 module (CSC3432 Biomedical Data Analytics).

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will be introduced to how biology, ecology, and chemistry have inspired novel computational paradigms.
Students will be introduced to the concept of probabilistic (random) algorithms as an approach to solve computationally hard problems
Students will be introduced to the principles of biological engineering and computational biodesign
Students will be introduced to the concepts of evolutionary algorithms, neural networks, molecular & DNA computing, and/or quantum computing
Students will be introduced to the synthetic biology design-build-test cycle and the role of engineering
Students will be introduced to the basic paradigms of biological engineering and the role of mathematical modelling in model-based design
Students will be introduced to the role of standards in computational biodesign

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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