BINF350 Genomic Analysis and Bioinformatics

Updated: 14 October 2011
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites GENE210 or GENE210A
Co-requisites None
Restrictions BINF550

R and various bioinformatics software packages are used throughout the unit.

Combined Units BINF550 - Genomic Analysis and Bioinformatics
Coordinator(s) Cedric Gondro (
Unit Description

This applied genetics unit introduces the concepts and methods needed to work with and analyse data from modern genomic platforms. The topics covered include microarray analysis, genome wide association studies, reconstruction of phylogenies, measures of population diversity, DNA sequencing, gene searches, alignments and biological databases. Besides the conceptual background, students will receive practical experience in working with the different technologies using real datasets and will learn to build/use bioinformatics solutions. This unit is recommended for biomedical, life sciences and other students interested in working with the latest genomic technologies.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

ISBN: 9780470085851
Pevsner, J., Wiley-Blackwell 2nd ed. 2009

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
End of Term Exam 2 hrs 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

End of Term Exam - Online Blackboard

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-4 GA: 1, 6

Essay and/or Project 20% 1500
Assessment Notes

Essay and/or Project

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-4 GA: 1, 2, 4, 6

Exam 30% 800
Assessment Notes

Problem sets and tutorial reports - Online via Blackboard

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-4 GA: 1, 4, 6

Mid Term Test 1 hr 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Mid term test - Online Blackboard

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-4 GA: 1, 6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. work with and analyse data from high throughout genetic projects;
  2. use analytical methods relevant to modern biology;
  3. use computational tools to interpret biological data; and
  4. use bioinformatics methods to answer biological questions.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students are taught and practise the fundamental aspects of genomic analysis and bioinformatics and learn the basic skills for making practical use of algorithms and tools used in bioinformatics.

True True True
Communication Skills

Students write a critical discussion of a topic in genomic analysis/bioinformatics.

True True True
Information Literacy

Students are instructed and assessed on the use of scientific literature. Students are shown how to find and use a wide range of sources including databases of genomic information.

True True True
Life-Long Learning

Students are instructed in and practise learning skills that will be useful to them beyond the scope of the unit.

True True
Problem Solving

Students work on several practicals that involve problem solving and learn how to make decisions regarding choice of tools/algorithms and parameterization.

True True True
Team Work

Students work in groups during practicals.