SCIE4002 Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- The topics covered in this unit complement those presented in the core unit of the Master of Biotechnology (71580)—SCIE4001 The Objectives and Applications of Genomics, and reflect cutting-edge developments in computational analysis of genomics data, providing students with an understanding and knowledge of the discipline at an advanced level. Topics include (1) sequence analysis—making sense of DNA and RNA sequences (4 lectures); (2) quantitative analysis—getting the numbers right (3 lectures); and (3) systems biology—constructing the big picture (3 lectures). Groups of students develop and present a 30-minute presentation on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings and analysis of real data, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. The presentation demonstrates how computational analysis leads to biological understanding of complex datasets.
- Students are able to (1) access, organise and analyse genomics data with appropriate computational approaches and (2) interpret genomics data from a biological viewpoint, including conceiving and testing biological hypotheses.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) three multiple-choice quizzes—sequence analysis (20 questions), quantitative analysis (15 questions) and systems analysis (15 questions); (2) written report; and (3) oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Ian Small and Professor Dave Edwards
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology specialisation Genetics and Genomics (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science Neuroscience specialisation (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550) and SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology Practical and Theoretical Problems.
- 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
- Contact hours
- lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester; presentation sessions: approx. 6 (depending on student enrolment)
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.