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Introduction to Bioinformatics (Module)

Module description

This module is for you if you are interested in the application of computational methods in the representation and analysis of biological data. You will study how the availability of data from genome sequencing and high-throughput measurements in the human and other biological species has fuelled an explosive growth of bioinformatics during the past two decades. You will consider how research in bioinformatics has the potential to steer biological discovery in genomics, medical science and pharmaceutical applications. 

This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.  Please see here for an indicative timetable. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020.

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • critically appraised scientific literature and demonstrated proficiency in problem identification
  • inspected and analysed biological and bioinformatics data online
  • designed a working script, selected appropriate data analysis techniques and formulated a reasonable time frame for conducting a study
  • developed computational skills and obtained high quality data from experiments
  • analysed data, drawn conclusions and interpreted results within their wider context 

Staff information

Taught by academics from the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

  • script challenge - 70%
  • group oral presentation - 30%

Key information

Module code

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 1

Study abroad module No