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