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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Computational Biology
Module Code BE250
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Denise Harold
Semester 2: Denise Harold
Autumn: Denise Harold
Module TeachersDenise Harold
Linda Holland
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the process of genome annotation; access biological data from different genome browsers and databases
2. Determine the linkage disequilibrium structure of a genetic locus
3. Perform a genetic association analysis
4. Design PCR primers
5. Estimate homology using computational methods
6. Retrieve sequence data and calculate multiple sequence alignments
7. Work at the command line on Linux

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Computer Practicals
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to genome annotation and the available genome bowsers.

Understanding data formats.

Efficient use of biological databases.

Appropriate statistical analysis of a genetic association study.

Designing PCR primers.

Database search algorithms and statistics.

Multiple sequence alignment.

Linux command-line

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizFormative assessments addressing all learning outcomes20%As required
In Class TestSummative assessment: end of semester in-class test80%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

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    Programme or List of Programmes
    GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology

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