SLE777 - Applied Bioinformatics


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
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

11 x 2 hour practical experiences (computer practicals) per trimester, 11 x 1 hour online seminars per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 11 x 2 hour online practical experiences (computer practicals) per trimester, 11 x 1 hour online seminars per trimester.


Bioinformatics is defined as the application of tools of computation and analysis to the capture and interpretation of biological data. It requires a good knowledge of the basics of molecular biology, statistics and data science skills. Bioinformatics is used for drug design and discovery, to determine the mechanisms of disease, to understand the workings of genetics in populations, in modelling the spread of infectious diseases, in forensics, and in conservation. In this unit, students will gain a working knowledge of bioinformatics, and how it is applied in various settings. Students will become proficient with working the Linux shell, writing shell scripts and entire workflows. Students will be familiar with and apply best practices for research software development. Students will use their knowledge of R/Rstudio to analyse real research datasets, visualise data, derive inferences, and write detailed reports to communicate their findings.

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