BIOL4356-W Bioinformatics/BIOL5356 Advanced Bioinformatics

WELCOME: This course is designed to introduce you to the world of bioinformatics. Course objectives: to develop a basic understanding of the key concepts of bioinformatics. You will learn about the major repositories of biological databases today and how to retrieve and analyze DNA and protein sequences. You will learn the basics of DNA fingerprinting and understand genomic changes that can lead to common diseases. You will examine 3-dimensional structures of proteins and gain insight into principals of structure-based drug design. Graduate students will have an independent project at the end of the term.
ATTENDANCE: You are expected to attend all ZOOM livestreams according to the schedule (link is provided on D2L) – attendance will be monitored. You will be expected to study all prior material available on-line before attending the livestreams. If you miss ZOOM meeting for unavoidable reasons, make sure you notify me. Missing an exam will be permitted only by prior arrangement and make-ups will only be allowed in the case of a University approved absence (illness with a doctor's note, a family crisis, or a religious holiday).
ZOOM RULES: Sign in with your full LAST NAME & FIRST NAME as listed on the class roster. No nickname please when you log in. It makes it impossible to know who is in attendance. Users who do not provide their full names will mark as un-attendant. Stay focused: close any apps on your device that are not relevant and turn off notifications. Turn on your video when possible. It is helpful to be able to see each other, just as in an in-person class. Mute your microphone when you are not talking. This helps eliminate background noise. Use a headset when possible, this improves audio quality. Be in a quiet place when possible. Turn off any music, videos, etc. in the background. No disrespect or hate speech - just like in our in-person class, respectful behavior is expected. Consider Zoom a professional environment, and act like you're at a job interview, even when you're typing in the chat.
NOTE: Class meetings on Zoom (including video, audio, and chat text) will be recorded.
EXAMS: There will be two noncumulative exams for the first and the second part of the course. Context will include any material covered during lectures.
MATERIALS: PowerPoint presentations for each lecture will be online along with the lecture videos, according to the provided schedule of the course, so that notes can be made and used during the exam. REMEMBER: draw it to know it! I reccomend to use CHROMIUM to browse this page. Textbook is optional for this course: Concepts in Bioinformatics and Genomics, by Jamil Momand et al.
Two Exams (all together) - 80 pts
Quizzes/independent activities – 20 pts
Total (undergrads) – 100 pts
Independent project for grad. students - 50 pts
TOTAL - 100/150 pts
Bonus points – up to 2 points to the Final grade will be assigned to each student according to attendance, office hour visits, course evaluation completion.
GRADES: click here
Office Hours: TR 1-3:30pm on ZOOM (link is provided on D2L)
week meeting schedule topic home activities lecture slides lecture video
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L) introduction
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W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
W: Exam @D2L
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
Independent activity. (At your own time).
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
W: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
Thanksgiving Break!!!
W: On-line
Final Exam
December 9 @4:00PM-7:00PM
ZOOM office hours or by appointment set over an e-mail (please do not email through D2L if you would like to get a quick reply). When emailing please indicate BOTH class & section # and your CID. When attaching a file, filename should be “First_LastName.ext”, it must also include your name in the document itself. Emails lacking any of the information listed above WILL BE IGNORED. Note: NO emails will be answered after 5 p.m. and/or during weekends. NO GRADE DISCUSSION over an e-mail, only by one on one ZOOM meetings.
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