Module Identifier BS33720  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael K Winson  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Glyn Jenkins, Miss Helen E Johnson, Dr Joanne S Porter, Dr Joanne V Hamilton, Professor Michael Young  
Pre-Requisite BS10910 or external equivalent, BS22520 , BS22720  
Course delivery Lecture   25 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   12 Hours (6 x 2 hours workshop)  
  Other   10 Hours Workshop. 5 x 2hours workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Essays and data interpretation  60%
Semester Assessment Poster presentation and Essay Poster to be submitted 25 November 2004 and essay to be submitted on 9 December 200440%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Two hour written examination (essays and data interpretation)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework or alternative  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this applied module, students


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:

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Brown, T.A (2002) Genomes 2 Bio Scientific Publishers Ltd.
Attwood, T.K. & Parry-Smith, D.J. Introdution to Bioinformatics Addison Wesley Longman Higher Education. 0582327881
** Recommended Background
Lewin, B. (1999) Genes VII Oxford University Press. 0198792778
Baxevanis, A.d. & Ouelletee, B.F. eds (1998) A practical guide to the analysis of genes and proteins Wiley.
Trends Supplement (1998) Trends guide to bioinformatics Elsevier Science.


This module is at CQFW Level 6