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Elements of Bioinformatics (BINF90002)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBINF90002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Bioinformatics is a key research tool in modern agriculture, medicine, and the life sciences in general. It forms a bridge between complex experimental and clinical data and the elucidation of biological knowledge. This subject presents bioinformatics in the context of its role in science, using examples from a variety of fields to illustrate the history, current status, and future directions of bioinformatics research and practice.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of bioinformatics and its role in modern scientific research and in biological practice.
  • Understand how data from different levels of biology, from genetics to population, can be combined to yield knowledge.
  • Appreciate the ways in which this knowledge can be applied and utilised.

Generic skills

  • The ability to construct and express logical arguments.
  • The capacity to integrate different types of information to generate a unified understanding which can be communicated clearly either verbally or in writing.

Eligibility and requirements





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Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 2000 word essay due mid-semester (20%)
  • Three equaly weighted workshop assignments due throughout the semester (15% total)
  • 15 minute group presentation due during the semester (15%)
  • Two hour final exam (50%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorsSimon Gladman and Anna Syme
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 36 hours = 24 x lectures (two per week), 12 x one-hour practice classes (one per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

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Time commitment details

170 hours.

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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 8 August 2019