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Genomics and Bioinformatics (BTCH90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBTCH90009
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject describes current technologies used to sequence genomes - the starting point for comparative analyses of genes and proteins. The field of informatics has evolved to analyse and interpret large amounts of data generated by the new biotechnologies. Advanced topics will include transcriptome technologies, genome evolution and sequence similarity analysis techniques to identify protein orthologues and paralogues. The subject will cover bioinformatic analysis of protein structure and motifs at the secondary and tertiary levels, and modelling studies aimed at drug design. This subject will explore the latest developments in bioinformatics and detail how systems biology is helping to model complex biological processes.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this subject are to provide students with knowledge of:

  • current concepts concerning the molecular basis of genome structure and gene expression;
  • theoretical background to genome analysis strategies and technologies and an appreciation of their biotechnological applications;
  • the significance and applications of human and other genome sequencing programs
  • bioinformatic techniques and applications in the analysis of protein structure and function

Generic skills

Completion of this subject is expected to enhance the generic skills of students in:

  • the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases.
  • the ability to use information technology to acquire relevant knowledge for their understanding of the current status of the field and its relevance to society.
  • the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines.
  • the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer
  • the capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

One of the following

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BCMB30002 Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Semester 1
12.5
GENE30002 Genes: Organisation and Function
Semester 1
12.5

Or
Entry into MC-SCIBIT

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

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

Assessment

Description

  • 4 x 1500 word assignments at intervals during semester (80%)
  • 1 x Oral presentation (10 min) at end of semester (20%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAlexandre Fournier-Level
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursLecture – 2 x 1-hour lecture per week for 9 weeks; Tutorial and practical class –1 x 3-hour class for 5 weeks.
    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

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    None

    Recommended texts and other resources

    “Practical Bioinformatics" by Michael Agostino (Garland Science)

  • 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: 3 April 2019