Module Identifier BS34520  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael K Winson  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Joanne V Hamilton, Professor Michael Young, Professor John Draper, Dr Joanne S Porter, Dr Glyn Jenkins  
Pre-Requisite BS10910, BS23720, BS22720  
Course delivery Lecture   18 x 1h lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 x 2h seminars  
  Other   5 x 2h computer workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Essays and data interpretation  40%
Semester Assessment Group poster and oral presentation, Report and Essay.  60%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours 2 hour written examination (essays and data interpretation  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework or alternative  60%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this applied module, students should be able to:


The lectures and workshops cover the following topics:

Brief description

This module is an integrated series of lectures, seminars and workshops covering the modern discipline of Functional Genomics. Functional Genomics has been defined as 'The development and application of global (genome-wide or system-wide) experimental approaches to assess gene function by making use of the information and reagents provided by genome sequencing and mapping' (Hietor, P. and Boguski, M. (1997) Science 278:601). Functional genomics employs novel technologies for genome-wide analysis supported by IT. This involves experimental and computational methods. High throughput experimental technologies based on measuring gene expression, protein structure and protein interactions are being used to generate large datasets to aid understanding of gene function. Powerful information systems are required for the efficient management and integration of the experimental data. The results emerging from these analyses 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 provides an introduction to post-genomics technologies and practical training in bioinformatics methods.

Reading Lists

** General Text
Campbell, A. Malcolm. Discovering genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics /A. Malcolm Campbell, Laurie J. Heyer. 0805382194
Gibson, Greg. A primer of genome science /Greg Gibson, Spencer V. Muse. 0878932321
Lesk, Arthur M. Introduction to bioinformatics /Arthur M. Lesk. 0199277877
Mount, David W. Bioinformatics :sequence and genome analysis /David W. Mount. 0879696877


This module is at CQFW Level 6