Bioinformatic Analyses I

Program: Master programme in Biology
Level: Advanced level
Course code: 1BG311
Credits: 5 c
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Bioinformatics comprises – among other things – the use of computers and IT to answer biological questions, something that is necessary in all areas of biology. The three courses Bioinfomatics Analyses I, IIa and IIb will provide a toolbox and teach you to apply the tools within your own area of biology.

The courses are intended for those of you who do not have bioinformatics as the primary interest, but need it as a tool. It is thus the aim that they can be followed in parallel with other courses. Hence, they are part-time (5 hp/half semester). They are based on computer aided leaning, and you can read the theory and do the assignments on-line at your own discretion, as well as join discussion on the theory or assignments with the teachers or your course mates. This is supplemented with some lectures and exercises on site (ht 2007 this will be Tuesdays 17.00-19.00).

Bioinformatics Analyses I is the first course in the suite and has a content that everyone working with molecular data – and almost every biologist will at one time or another
- needs. It focuses on comparative sequence analyses (DNA/RNA and protein) and public data bases. It comprises the content, tools and interfaces of public databases on the internet (e.g., GenBank, KEGG, UniProt) – mainly through web interfaces. Furthermore, you learn how fragments (from the sequence) are assembled into a contig, how genes are identified in sequence data, and how sequences are aligned to compare them.

After Bioinformatics Analyses I (given part time autumn term period II), you can also take the course Bioinformatics Analyses IIa (spring term period I).

For more information, please contact:
Moritz Buck (moritz.buck@ebc.uu.se)