Fall 2021 - MBB 659 G100

Special Topics in Bioinformatics (3)


Class Number: 4128

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Thu, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • 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.



  • Science communication presentation 15%
  • Current paper presentation 25%
  • Term project 30%
  • Participation (in-class and online discussion forum, peer reviews, attendance) 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)


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:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.