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Unit information: Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics Algorithms in 2022/23

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Unit name Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics Algorithms
Unit code EMATM0004
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Cristianini
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

An understanding of basic probability theory, and elementary programming skills are essential. Prior knowledge of Matlab is helpful but not essential.

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

The unit will focus on case studies of analysis of single genomes. It covers: gene finding; genome evolution; gene expression analysis; sequence alignment; hidden Markov models; phylogenics.


To introduce students to practical tasks of genome analysis, based on real case studies.

Your learning on this unit

  1. Basic analysis of genomic data (DNA and AA sequences)
  2. Gene finding, sequence alignments, inference of phylogenetic tree
  3. Experience using real world data
  4. Using standard online tools and datasets and databases
  5. Reading scientific papers
  6. Writing a professional report
  7. Discussing the merits of different methods

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions or online computer laboratories and problem sheets.

How you will be assessed

1 Summative Assessment, 100% - Coursework. This will assess all ILOs.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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