(web-based and classroom instruction)
3 semester credit hours/meets part of basic informatics competencies
The course gives a comprehensive entry-level introduction to bioinformatics. It covers a wide variety of topics in bioinformatics, including but not limited to sequence analysis, protein structure, genome analysis, database and transcription profiling. Two major goals are 1) to help students understand the scope, basic concepts and theory of bioinformatics; and 2) to become familiar with tools for bioinformatics-related data analysis. Programming skills are not necessary. A laptop computer is necessary if students want to practice with bioinformatics software and tools in class.