Distance Learning in Bioinformatics

Heather Vincent Heather.Vincent at man.ac.uk
Mon Dec 7 14:26:42 EST 1998

The web-based distance learning course, Introduction to
Bioinformatics, will next be offered from 8 February 1999.

The MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester, England, is
well established and leads to a qualification widely recognised in the
biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.  Students study six
taught modules and then undertake a research project.

Web-based options now being developed will make each of these modules
available within a password-protected Virtual Learning Environment.
Participants communicate with the course tutors and with each other
using email, bulletin boards and on-line tutorials.  They also have
access to the Distance Learning Service provided by the University

The first of these modules, Introduction to Bioinformatics, is now
available.  Those completing the module will be eligible for the award
of credits towards the MSc degree.

The module falls into two parts.  During each of the first six weeks,
a taught section of the course will be covered.  These sections are :

1. Introduction to Bioinformatics and the Internet
2. Sequence databases
3. Sequence alignment and database searches
4. Sequencing projects and contig analysis
5. Protein function prediction
6. Protein structure prediction

During the second six weeks, participants will work under the guidance
of a course tutor on an individual project.

The deadline for receipt of completed registration forms is 5 February
1999, although a late application may be unsuccessful if the course is
over-subscribed.  The module fee for 1998/1999 is £400.

Further information on Distance Learning in Bioinformatics is
available from Heather.Vincent at man.ac.uk, or from our web site:

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