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Research Seminars in Bioinformatics - BIO00068M

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Emma Rand
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

The broad aim of the module is to give students a critical awareness of Bioinformatics research. Topics will be drawn from research specialisations in the Department, including 'omics, image analysis and machine learning. Several research case studies will be presented, each covering initial ideas, preliminary findings, basic research and how the application of bioinformatics creates new insights for bioscience challenges.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The broad aim of the module is to provide core knowledge and understanding in the area of Bioinformatics with topics drawn from research specialisations in the Department. It will provide students with a critical insight into the research process, including how various factors, such as funding opportunities, new technology, methodological development, competition and often, serendipity, contribute to important breakthroughs.

Module learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

Explain the application of bioinformatics to selected research problems

Discuss how research has been designed and implemented

Evaluate bioinformatic techniques used to study the research problem

Critically evaluate scientific literature in an area of bioinformatics

Synthesise an argument that draws on several (potentially contradicting) sources.

Provide constructive feedback on written work.


Task Length % of module mark
Critical Review
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Critical Review
N/A 100

Module feedback

Marks for all summative assessments will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Feedback will be either individual or cohort-level, depending on the assessment format. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

For coursework summative assessments (eg. reports, essays, presentations) you will receive individual feedback on your work. This will usually be in the form of a feedback sheet that will include suggestions for further improvement.

During the teaching of the module you will receive formative feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Such feedback may include: model answers, individual spoken comments during workshops, peer feedback and individual written comments on formative work.

Indicative reading

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