BCH/BIO/GGB 519 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, 3 credits

This course introduces graduate students to the concepts and practices of bioinformatics, including computational analysis of DNA and protein sequences, analysis of large-scale DNA and protein datasets, statistical analysis of sequence alignments and gene array datasets, proteomics, and RNA and protein structure prediction. This course is taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to noon. The Tuesday session is didactic lectures introducing the topic of the week and giving out assignments for completion at or prior to the Thursday lab session. The Thursday lab focuses on practical use of the concepts taught in the Tuesday lecture and is conducted by either the Tuesday lecturer, another faculty member who is expert in the particular analysis being performed or both. Assignments completed by the students for the lab sessions are graded by the appropriate instructor and used to determine the student’s grade in the course.