Spring 2017 - MBB 741 G100

Bioinformatics (3)

Class Number: 7922

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    One introductory computer programming course (e.g. CMPT 102, 103, 110, 120 or equivalent).



An overview of the newly emerging field of bioinformatics, which is loosely defined as the intersection between the fields of molecular biology and computer science. A combination of lecture format and hands-on instruction is provided in the use of, and theory behind, bioinformatic software tools used in genomic and computational biology research. An introduction to the development of bioinformatic software is included, though only basic computer science knowledge is required for this particular course.


Examining the latest developments in bioinformatics, which is loosely defined as the intersection between the fields of molecular biology and computer science. Topics covered may include sequence searching and alignment, bioinformatics databases and ontologies, sequence variant analysis, sequence motif identification, metagenomics analysis, protein analysis, evolutionary/phylogenetic analysis, network/systems biology, machine learning/software development for predictive methods, and ethics in method/database development and analysis. Some previous basic familiarity with basic bioinformatics is recommended and second or third year undergraduate knowledge of molecular biology is expected. Aspects of bioinformatics software development are included, though only introductory computer science knowledge is required. Instruction will include lecture material and in-depth consideration of selected papers in the field. Students will be given short quizzes throughout the term, be required to give presentations on selected papers from the current literature, participate in class discussions, and write a term paper.


  • Quizzes on lecture material and assigned reading throughout the term 45%
  • Presentations 25%
  • Participation 5%
  • Term paper 25%




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