SLE340 - Genomes and Bioinformatics


2024 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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour online lectures per week; 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 5 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) 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.

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