This is a reminder for those people considering taking our online
course, which begins again in March 2009.
The application deadline is 13 February. However, it is advisable to
apply before the deadline to allow time for any questions in processing
I have included the course outline below; the full details are on our
you have any questions, or need advice on the module options, please
contact Heather.Vincent from manchester.ac.uk
Week 1 Introduction to distance learning
Bioinformatics as a knowledge-based discipline
Weeks 2 and 3 Introduction to the sequence databases
Quality, redundancy and annotation
Sequence retrieval exercise and group discussion
Weeks 4 and 5 Nucleic acid sequence analysis
Weeks 6 and 7 Independent research and assessment
Weeks 8 and 9 Sequence alignment and database search
1. use of BLAST and FASTA, choosing suitable options;
2. interpretation of the results.
Weeks 10 and 11 Protein function prediction.
Weeks 12 and 13 Protein structure prediction
Practical exercise and group discussion
Weeks 14 to 16 Independent research and work on the second assessment