BIF712 - Concepts of Programming with Perl

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Subject Title
Concepts of Programming with Perl

Subject Description
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of computer science, and to provide students with a practical ability in scientific programming. The course will teach programming in C covering the standard elements of the language. Various biological examples will be treated throughout the course.

The ability to write computer programs enables a bioinformatics researcher to
apply the power and speed of a computer to the solution of research programs such as
management and use of large data sets, and extraction of biological meaning and
relationships from experimental data.
This course will introduce the student to the basic aspects of computer
programming, with an emphasis on developing good programming habits.
The course will be taught using the Perl programming language. The Perl
programming language plays a key role in the field of bioinformatics, due to its powerful
pattern processing features and easy-to-learn structure. This course will provide the
student with a thorough understanding of the basics of the Perl language, with a focus on using Perl to solve bioinformatics problems. Students will learn to create both standalone
and Internet-based Perl programs, and will learn to accelerate the development process by making use of existing code libraries.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Bioinformatics (BIF) post-diploma program

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

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

1.      Analyze existing computer programs by walk-through technique
2.      Analyze general and bioinformatics problems, and apply appropriate syntax to create computer programs to solve the problem
a.       Given a problem, design an appropriate algorithm to describe the steps necessary to solve the problem
b.      Given an algorithm, create pseudocode to analyze the steps necessary to solve the problem in terms of programming statements
c.       Give pseudocode, create, debug, and test a Perl program that solves the problem
3.      Use programming tools such as Komodo to create and edit Perl programs and HTML code
4.      Use Unix utilities to compile and run Perl program
5.      Analyze the requirements for a command line bioinformatics application, and use Perl to program a solution to the problem
6.      Analyze the requirements for a web-enabled bioinformatics application, and use Perl/CGI in combination with HTML5 to program a solution to the problem
7.      Create web-enabled graphical user interfaces for bioinformatics-oriented Perl programs
8.      Apply existing general-purpose Perl modules to the solution of bioinformatics programming problems
9.      Deploy completed code in a production environment, and test the application as a whole
10.  Methodically test and debug Perl and Perl/CGI programs
11.  Compose technical program documentation for Perl programs using internal comments
12.  Use relevant technical documentation to obtain the details necessary to apply Perl to the solution of general and bioinformatics programming problems

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