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Distance Learning in Bioinformatics

Heather Vincent mqbsshmv at fs1.scg.man.ac.uk
Thu Sep 24 01:10:10 EST 1998

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The MSc in Bioinformatics course at the University of Manchester, UK is
well established and leads to a qualification widely recognised in the
biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.  Students study six taught
modules and then undertake a research project.

Web-based options are now being developed to make this course accessible
to those unable to undertake full-time study in Manchester.  Each of the
course modules will be made available within a password-protected
Virtual Learning Environment.  Participants will communicate with the
course tutors and with each other using email, bulletin boards and
on-line tutorials.

Following a successful trial period, the University has now formally
approved the new version of the first of these modules, ‘Introduction to
Bioinformatics’.  Those completing the module will be eligible for the
award of credits towards the MSc degree.

The module falls into two parts.  During each of the first six weeks, a
taught section of the course will be covered.  These sections are :

1. Introduction to Bioinformatics and the Internet
2. Sequence databases
3. Sequence alignment and database searches
4. Sequencing projects and contig analysis
5. Protein function prediction
6. Protein structure prediction

During the second six weeks, participants will work under the guidance
of a course tutor on an individual project.

The module will require a time commitment of 2 to 3 hours per week.  The
module fee for 1998 is £400.

Further information on Distance Learning in Bioinformatics is available
from Heather.Vincent at man.ac.uk, or from our web site.

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