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BB50247: Advances in bioinformatics

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 20 [equivalent to 40 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 400
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 70%, OR 30%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework - Paper Review 1 (CW 20%)
  • Coursework - Paper Review 2 (CW 20%)
  • Coursework - Literature Review (CW 30%)
  • Seminar Presentation (OR 30%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit you will be able to:
* Apply your understanding of your core bioinformatics knowledge drawing on concepts in genetics, genomics, statistics and computational modelling
* Critically evaluate and communicate the findings of a cutting-edge bioinformatics research publication through a formal presentation
* Critically evaluate, synthesise and summarise the findings of a variety of cutting-edge bioinformatics research publications through a written literature review.

Aims: This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the latest developments in bioinformatics, such as collection and analysis of large genomic sequences, comparative genome bioinformatics, computational modelling and related statistical tools.

Content: The unit synthesises the fundamental principles in genetics and genomics with computational sciences. You will be provided with the fundamental concepts underpinning four core areas of bioinformatics
a) Genetics and Genomics: key concepts in genetics, genomics (generation, analysis and annotation of genome sequences)
b) Genome Bioinformatics: principles of genome (NGS) analysis, including genome assembly, variant calling, transcriptomics and proteomics.
c) Statistics: Core bio-statistical methods, within the R statistical computing environment
d) Computational modelling in biology.

Programme availability:

BB50247 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM48 : Integrated PhD Molecular Biosciences (Bioinformatics)
  • TSBB-AFM48 : MSc Molecular Biosciences (Bioinformatics)


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