Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Statistical Techniques for Computational Biology
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 12 hours
Seminars / Tutorials 9 hours
Practical 9 x 2 hours
Workload Breakdown Lectures 12 hours Practicals 18 hours Consultancy seminars 9 hours Preparation for seminars 18 hours Preparation of portfolios 18 hours Self-study 125 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Three practical portfolios 3 x 30% Consultancy excercises 10% 
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed components 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
Select and apply advanced statistical methods to research problems in Computational Biology

Apply the more advanced capabilities of R to analyze complex Biological data

Critically evaluate the application of specific statistical techniques to specific research problems in Computational Biology

Interpret and report effectively the results of statistical analyses


This module will allow students to master the more advanced capabilities of R by using them to apply a variety of statistical techniques to problems in Computational Biology.
Students are introduced to a variety of new techniques and applications, and proceed to study in depth three of these.
Students will also gain experience of Statistical consultancy.
The more advanced capabilities of R will be explored and mastered by applying statistical techniques to problems in Computational Biology.


1. Introduction to a number of advanced topics such as:
Multifactorial ANOVA
Repeated Measures
Split Plots
Cross-over experimental design
Multivariate and discriminant methods
Time series
Generalized linear models
Binomial and Poisson regression
2. Detailed study of three of the topics in (1).
3. Examples of statistical consultancy

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Inherent in the study of statistics and statistical methods
Communication Consultancy exercises
Improving own Learning and Performance Awareness of advanced techniques and detailed study of some of these
Information Technology Mastery of the advanced capabilities of R
Personal Development and Career planning Experience of statistical consultancy
Problem solving Identifying and using statistical techniques to solve problems in Computational Biology
Research skills Experimental design
Subject Specific Skills Expertise in advanced analysis techniques
Team work Joint work in consultancy


This module is at CQFW Level 7