Course overview

Description
Course title
Master of Bioinformatics (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MBioInfo
Course code
70550
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2022
Administered by
Biological Sciences
CRICOS code
103500A

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years minimum volume of learning full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the School
Maximum course duration
2 years maximum volume of learning full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor David Edwards
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students who have not completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the School(s):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2GENE4003Integrated Topics in Genetics II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or Successful completion of or two Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II and Unit(s) GENE3350 Evolution and Development
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72550 Master of Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 71590 Master of Oceanography or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science and Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics and Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or Enrolment in Major(s) Genetics or Major(s) Anatomy and Human Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Approx 12hrs workshops followed by self-led research and consultation with academic staff to plan your presentation. There will be approx 6hrs contact during presentations.
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or Major(s) Genetics or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per teaching period
S1, S2SCIE4001Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures and Seminars: 27 hours
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester; presentation sessions: approx. 6 (depending on student enrolment)
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-CONBI Conservation Biology or HON-ZOOLY Zoology or HON-BOTNY Botany or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or HON-MARSC Marine Science or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics or 74540 Master of Marine Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science or Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science or Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1SCIE5003Advanced Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) SCIE4002 Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Take 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL5301Big Data, Modelling and Meta-analysis in Biology, Conservation and the Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211)
Incompatibility:
Nil
(possibly) 10 half days of contact
S1, S2SCIE5002Human Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 hour lecture; 2 hour laboratory (analysis) from week 1-12.
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week
S2SCIE5508Synthetic Biology: Solving Global Challenges
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials / workshops; 5 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
S1STAT4064Applied Predictive Modelling
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours] or the 62530 Master of Data Science or the 70550 Master of Bioinformatics ) and ( STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments and STAT2402 Analysis of Observations ) or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
STAT3406 Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation
Lectures: 2-hours per week; Computer Labs: 2-hours per week

Students in the course by course work and dissertation take 24 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5571Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and satisfy eligibility criteria for research project or dissertation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5572Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE5571 Dissertation Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5573Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE5572 Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5574Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE5573 Dissertation Part 3
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor

Students in the course by coursework take 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5004Professional Skills in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 74540 Master of Marine Biology or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 51580 Master of Science Communication or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72520 Master of Biological Science 71520 Master of Biomedical Science and Successful completion of 48 points in your chosen degree
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE5005Science in Practice
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) SCIE5004 Professional Skills in Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1x 2hr session per week contact by consultation as required

Students in the course by coursework only take 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL5301Big Data, Modelling and Meta-analysis in Biology, Conservation and the Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211)
Incompatibility:
Nil
(possibly) 10 half days of contact
S1, S2SCIE5002Human Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 hour lecture; 2 hour laboratory (analysis) from week 1-12.
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week
S2SCIE5508Synthetic Biology: Solving Global Challenges
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials / workshops; 5 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
S1STAT4064Applied Predictive Modelling
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics [Honours] or the 62530 Master of Data Science or the 70550 Master of Bioinformatics ) and ( STAT2401 Analysis of Experiments and STAT2402 Analysis of Observations ) or STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
STAT3406 Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation
Lectures: 2-hours per week; Computer Labs: 2-hours per week

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) successfully completed prior tertiary study in—biological, medical, biomedical, or biomolecular sciences; or in a related cognate discipline as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on— (a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).