[Molecular-evolution] Introduction to Bioinformatics, March 2009

Heather Vincent via mol-evol%40net.bio.net (by Heather.Vincent from manchester.ac.uk)
Mon Dec 29 12:53:05 EST 2008


The online course, Introduction to Bioinformatics, from The University 
of Manchester, will begin again in March 2009.  Like all our distance 
courses it is 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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