Fall 2020 - MBB 659 G100

Special Topics in Bioinformatics (3)


Class Number: 3012

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Thu, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 441 or 741; or CMPT 341 or 881.



Consideration of recent research literature on contemporary topics in bioinformatics.


This discussion-based bioinformatics course will expose students to the latest developments in bioinformatics analysis and algorithms. During this course students will perform individual presentations on recent papers where a focus of the manuscript was on bioinformatics (e.g. methodology/development/application).

See: http://www.sfu.ca/mbb/graduate-program/grad-courses/course-descriptions.html for a supplementary course outline.

Class location:
Classes will be delivered via Zoom from 3:00 - 5:00 pm on the scheduled days. 



  • 1 individual presentation 25%
  • 1 pair-presentation 15%
  • Project 30%
  • Overall class participation (reading assigned work & asking questions in class, as well as online discussion) 30%


Questions from students and instructors may follow each presentation. Student and instructors will fill a student evaluation feedback form at each presentation. Comments from students will be instructional only and will not count towards course mark.

Course grading structure is subject to change.

Lecture: synchronous (students are expected to attend scheduled lectures remotely)  



  • Access to high-speed internet
  • Computer (with webcam)


A.D. Baxevanis , G.D. Bader, D.S. Wishart (ed.), Bioinformatics, 4th Edition. 2020. John Wiley & Sons, USA. 

M. Zvelebil and J.O. Baum. Understanding Bioinformatics. 1st Edition. 2008. Garland Science, USA.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).