[Arrays] Introduction to Microarray Data Analysis, March 2009

Heather Vincent via arrays%40net.bio.net (by Heather.Vincent from manchester.ac.uk)
Mon Dec 29 11:18:16 EST 2008

Introduction to Microarray Data Analysis is one of a number of online 
courses from The University of Manchester.  It is suitable for anyone 
beginning work with microarrays, or for those needing to extend their 
skills in data analysis.

There are now many tools available for microarray data analysis.  In 
this course, instructions for the practical exercises are given for 
maxdview or for Bioconductor, so participants can choose which tool to 

maxdview, from The University of Manchester, has a graphical user 
interface, providing an excellent learning environment for those new to 
work with microarrays.

Many new methods for the analysis of genomic data are now written in the 
R programming language, and then contributed to the BioConductor 
project. The packages are called from the command line, so the 
Bioconductor exercises are more suitable for those with some experience 
of programming.

Our distance courses are delivered in a Virtual Learning Environment, 
which allows us to extend the classroom into the web.  We use a range of 
tools to support our online teaching activities.

Each course, which is paced to suit those in full-time employment, runs 
over 16 teaching weeks.

Teaching and learning are focussed around tutor-supported exercises.  In 
this course, participants are encouraged to discuss their work, before 
submitting exercises for feedback from the course tutor.  Participants 
who wish to be assessed for credits at Masters level should complete 
additional independent research for assessment

Week 1		Introductions and software setup
Weeks 2 and 3	Microarrays and experimental design

Weeks 4 and 5	Data capture and preliminary checks

Weeks 6 and 7	Data analysis

Weeks 8 and 9	2-channel data

Weeks 10 and 11	Independent research and work on the first assessment
Weeks 12 and 13	Gene Class Tests

Weeks 14 to 16	Independent research and work on the second assessment

You will find information on all our courses, including fees and a link 
to the online application form, here : 
http://octette.cs.man.ac.uk/bioinformatics/index.html  If you have any 
questions, or need advice on the module options, please contact 
Heather.Vincent from manchester.ac.uk

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