Bioinformatics

Bio 465 Bioinformatics

BYU | Bioinformatics | CS Dept.

Overview:

Many approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases rely on an analysis of DNA sequence data.  New computational methods are necessary in order to analyze the exponentially increasing volume of sequence data.  This course will carry on where "Computational Biology Bio365" left off in analyzing and developing more advanced algorithms for sequence analysis. The class will focus on a project that will introduce the students to a significant research area.

We will provide instruction and the opportunity to be involved in the following kind of projects:

Some of the assignments in the class will allow you to get experience with the technologies used for these projects and groups will be pursuing them in more detail.

Laboratories

You will have the opportunity to:

Workload

You will be expected to write significant pieces of code to implement your algorithms.  You will also be expected to use existing applications to analyze DNA data.  You should plan on reading the assigned material before class so that you can contribute to the discussion.

Submitting Assignments and Lab writeups

We would like you to become familiar with formatting your work using html. In order to give you more experience with this, please create a web page where you will put your assignments and Lab writups and link it to the studentpages area. You can put links to word documents, pdfs or html pages with the results from your assignments there.

Grading:

 
Assignments 
20%
Laboratories 
30%
Paper presentations 
5% 
Project Proposal  
15% 
Project oral reports 
10% 
Project manuscript 
20% 
 
93.3-100% 
B- 
80.0-83.3% 
D+ 
66.7-70.0% 
A-
90.0-93.3% 
C+ 
76.7-80.0% 
63.3-66.7%
B+ 
86.7-90.0% 
73.3-76.7% 
D- 
60.0-63.3%
83.3-86.7% 
C- 
70.0-73.3% 
00.0-60.0%

Late work will receive a 10% penalty for each business day late (M-F) up to 4 days late. So you can get 60% of the credit for a lab even if it is turned in 2 weeks after the due date. You will be responsible for getting the TA to grade late work by contacting him through email.



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