Computational biology, or Biocomputing, is concerned with methods for
the efficient storage and processing of biological data. A large part of
the work of computational biologists thus consists of the management and
analysis of strings of characters. These strings may be nucleic acid or
protein sequences, or their annotation.
The University of Manchester's distance learning course in Biocomputing
introduces unix, perl for data processing, and database design. As we
begin at an introductory level, no prior programming experience is
required. In the second part of the course students will implement a
database design in MySQL.
This course, which is just one of our online Masters level courses in
Digital Biology, will begin again in October. Our other courses include :
Bioinformatics for Systems Biology
Computational Systems Biology
Introduction to software development in Java
You will find links to all of our online courses here :
http://octette.cs.man.ac.uk/bioinformatics/modules/index.html If you
have questions about any course, please contact the tutor named on the
course information page. For general queries about the programme in
Digital Biology, and to apply, please mail our office for Advanced
Professional Education (ape from cs.man.ac.uk).