Fall 2015 - MBB 342 D100

Introductory Genomics and Bioinformatics (3)

Class Number: 3625

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Wed, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2015
    Sat, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231, BISC 202 and 3 units of CMPT or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C.



Major topics in genomics and bioinformatics, with integrated discussion of associated ethical/legal/social issues. An overview of laboratory and computer-based methods to study genomes, and their applications. Hands-on computer lab session providing an opportunity to use and experiment with bioinformatics software and database utilized in genomics and bioinformatics research.


Course Structure:

Approximately one week will be devoted to each of the following topics:

  1. What is Bioinformatics? What is Genomics? An overview and history
  2. Obtaining the data: Genome sequencing, genome assembly
  3. Organizing the data: Gene/genome databases, browsers and searching
  4. Sequence alignment and sequence similarity search
  5. Genome assembly and short read mapping
  6. Human genome variation – SNP, copy number and structural
  7. Transcriptomics/RNA sequencing, chromatin IP and promoter analysis
  8. Multiple sequence alignment, intro to evolutionary analysis
  9. Orthologs, paralogs/gene families, phylogenetic analysis
  10. Protein, network-based analysis and Systems Biology
  11. Microbial genomics and metagenomics of environmental/human microbiomes
  12. Human genomics and personalized medicine
  13. Plant and animal genomics in agriculture and aquaculture


  • Lab assignments 40%
  • Final written exam 40%
  • Lab assignment/project 20%

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Registrar Notes:

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