[Microbiology] Introduction to Bioinformatics, March 2009

Heather Vincent via microbio%40net.bio.net (by Heather.Vincent from manchester.ac.uk)
Thu Dec 11 15:49:01 EST 2008

Bioinformatics meets microbiology in many areas, including medicine, 
public health, agriculture and biodiversity.  This introductory online 
course from The University of Manchester, UK, will be useful for 
microbiologists working in a wide range of different areas.

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 work together on the interpretation of their 
results, before receiving 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		Introduction to distance learning
		Bioinformatics as a knowledge-based discipline

Weeks 2 and 3	Introduction to the sequence databases
		Quality, redundancy and annotation
		Sequence retrieval exercise and group discussion

Weeks 4 and 5	Nucleic acid sequence analysis

Weeks 6 and 7	Independent research and assessment

Weeks 8 and 9	Sequence alignment and database search
		1. use of BLAST and FASTA, choosing suitable options;
		2. interpretation of the results.

Weeks 10 and 11	Protein function prediction.
Weeks 12 and 13	Protein structure prediction
		Practical exercise and group discussion

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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