Introduction to Bio-Informatics
Full course description
This course presents a general introduction to the fundamental methods and techniques of bioinformatics in biomedical and biological research. The objective is that the students will acquire a general understanding of bioinformatics methods at the algorithmic level and will therefore be able to read and understand publications in this ﬁeld, and – to some extent – apply their knowledge to concrete biological problems. This relates to the major areas of bioinformatics like sequence alignment, phylogenetic analysis, gene ﬁnding, and omics data analysis. This course consists of a series of closely related lectures and computer classes, based on relevant case-studies using real data. In the lectures the main theoretical aspects are presented. In the computer practicals, the students work to analyse real data using the techniques they have encountered. By extensively exploring the case study, the students acquire a thorough understanding about the subject.
This is an optional course: Third year students choose three electives per period out of the optional courses during period 1 and 2.
Introduction to Computational Genomics, A Case Studies Approach, Nello Cristianini, Matthew W. Hahn, Cambridge University Press, 2006, Hardback and Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521856034 | ISBN-10: 0521856035).