Bioinformatics MTAT.03.239 (6 ECTS)

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  • Course duration: 31st Augutst 2011 to 27th January 2012
  • Time: Wednesday 10:15-12:00, 12:15-14:00,
  • Room: J.Liivi 2-512
  • Instructors: Balaji Rajashekar, Tonu Margus, Elena Nikolaeva, Konstantin Tretyakov, Sven Laur, etc.. to confirm Meelis Kull, Priit Adler,
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  • Questions: balaji [at] ut [dot] ee

Description: Bioinformatics is the application of computational methods to address problems in biology and medicine. This course will provide you an introduction and their applications in the bioinformatics field. Topics in the course include: biological databases, sequence alignment, sequence annotation, phylogenetic tree reconstruction, gene expression, network and pathways, systems biology, next generation sequencing, etc.

This course is an interdisciplinary course, and the main goal is to make the students having computer science or statistics background understand the concepts in molecular biology and enter the field of bioinformatics. It is understood that students may not have prior knowledge in several topics, we will introduce all the new topics from basics so you will be able to understand the course lectures and assignments will give you more space to explore and understand. It is assumed that all students have a background in computer programming and should be comfortable in working with linux. If you need help you can contact me.

Class assignments will familiarize the students with biological data and tools for analyzing data. Projects will bring together students with different backgrounds to apply ideas from the course to solve problems in molecular biology.

Grades 6 ECTS = 100 marks
25 - Home assignment
25 - Project (deadine 25th January 2012)
50 - Exam (Date 20th January 2012, Time 10:00)

A grade = 91-100 score, B = 81-90, C=71-80, D=61-70, E=51-60, F(fail) <50 score

Exam, Assignment and project scores (Scores)

Exam format, 1. Multiple choice and short answers ~5 sentences. 10 questions * 2 points = 20 points 2. Long answers (100-200 words). 10 question * 5 points = 50 points 3. Practicals, 1 questions * 30 points = 30 points

No material is allowed for the exam.
Format of practical questions, eg. search for a sequence, annotate the sequence, perform phylogeny. task from motif discovery or expression analysis. Report the results. The practical question is answered using a computer.

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