Module Identifier BS33720  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael Winson  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Gerard Bishop, Dr Hywel Griffiths, Dr James Jefferies, Dr Leighton Pritchard, Professor Michael Young, Dr Roy Goodacre  
Pre-Requisite BS10910 or external equivalent, BS22520 , BS22720  
Course delivery Lecture   24 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours  
  Workshop   10 Hours 5 x 2hours workshops  
Assessment Course work   Poster presentation and essay   30%  
  Exam   3 Hours Essays and data interpretation   70%  
  Resit assessment   3 Hours Essays and data interpretation (plus resubmission of failed coursework or an alternative)    

Aims and objectives

This module is an integrated series of lectures, seminars and workshops covering the key expanding disciplines of genomics and bioinformatics. Genomics is a family of 'information technologies' for biology that are being used to obtain interpret and exploit the complete sequences of the chromosomes and genomes of organisms ranging from bacteria to man.
Bioinformatics encompasses the methodologies (particularly computational) enabling the analysis and integration of information made available by structural, physiological taxonomic and genomic studies with the ultimate goal of assigning functions to genes. The results emerging from these two disciplines will inform new predictive strategies to identify new and useful genes and potential drug targets, understand gene behaviour, and develop novel therapeutic products. The module will provide both theoretical and practical training in laboratory-based genomics and computational biology.


The lectures cover the following topics:

Learning outcomes

On completion of this applied module, students

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Trends Supplement. (1998) Trends guide to bioinformatics. Elsevier Science.
Attwood, T.K. & Parry-Smith, D.J.. Introdution to Bioinformatics. Addison Wesley Longman Higher Education. 0582327881
Baxevanis, A.d. & Ouelletee, B.F. eds. (1998) A practical guide to the analysis of genes and proteins. Wiley.
Lewin, B.. Genes VII. Oxford University Press. 0198792778
Brown, T.A.. (1999) Genomes. Bio Scientific Publishers Ltd.