SLE340 - Genomes and Bioinformatics


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour online classes per week; 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


Topics will include the theory and practise of Bioinformatics. This will include the analysis of sequence data using databases and the analysis of phylogenetic and population genetic datasets. In addition, the unit will cover the process of molecular evolution and the application of this knowledge in understanding how genomes evolve. This genomic evolution will be discussed in relation to the resulting evolution in developmental processes. Molecular markers and their use in genetic mapping of both single and multiple genes that contribute to the production of traits and their use examined in phylogenetic reconstruction and population genetics will be discussed. Students will learn about high throughput next generation sequencing methods and genome assembly and annotation. Additionally, students will develop laboratory techniques/skills relevant to bioinformatics, in a group environment, and ascertain how research projects are undertaken in their discipline.

Hurdle requirement

In order to obtain a pass in this unit student must achieve 50% in the practical and presentation sessions.

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