SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
This unit contains modules on the objectives and applications of cutting edge genomic approaches including genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and genotype to phenotype studies. Students develop and present a 20-minute presentation on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. The main academic objectives are for students to gain an understanding of how cutting-edge genomics experiments are planned and carried out, what information they reveal and how they impact the biology of the system being studied. It aims to transform students into leading researchers who can use critical thinking and analytical skills; creating innovative and enthusiastic future researchers.
Students are able to (1) discuss how omics experiments are planned and executed; (2) discuss what kinds of data are generated by these experiments and how that data is interpreted; and (3) discuss what impact omics data has on biology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment on modules 2 and 3; (2) assignment on modules 4, 5 and 6; and (3) group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicolas Taylor
Unit rules
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Advisable prior study:
a completed undergraduate major in Agricultural Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Botany, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Marine Science, Zoology, or equivalent; or by permission of the unit coordinator
Contact hours
Lectures and Seminars: 27 hours
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