BIF701 - Bioinformatics I

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Subject Title
Bioinformatics I

Subject Description
Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information, and is used to address biological problems. Bioinformatics is essential in examining how raw sequence data from genome sequencing projects can be used to generate information about gene function, protein structure, molecular evolution, drug targets, and disease mechanisms. Students will gain an appreciation of the basic problems facing bioinformatics scientists, the roles that bioinformatics plays in the solution of these problems, a basic understanding of bioinformatics methodologies, and skills using available bioinformatics analysis tools.

Credit Status
Credit Status:

One credit towards the Bioinformatics (BIF) Ontario College Graduate Certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1)      Demonstrate an understanding and ability to determine and address biological problems using information technology tools to create bioinformatics solutions
2)      Demonstrate the ability to explore, understand and successfully use available bioinformatics resources including databases and tools
3)      Demonstrate the ability to assess the usefulness of available bioinformatics resources in terms of their background theory, algorithms, assumptions, input variables, output, and their application to bioinformatics related problems
4)      Successfully design bioinformatics solutions using a variety of methods and resources using available and custom bioinformatics databases, tools, scripts, document and project management applications
5)      Initiate a major bioinformatics tool development group project, and successfully complete the project proposal
6)      Create a bioinformatics focussed career portfolio demonstrating the levels of success you have achieved for relevant bioinformatics skills, knowledge, and expertise you have developed

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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