COMPX555-22B (HAM)


15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science


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Paper Description

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An introduction to bioinformatics: computational problems with biological data.

This course is open to senior students majoring in computer science and biology who have taken either COMPX301 (or equivalent COMP317) or BIOL310 and at least one statistics course at university. Background material in biology and computer science is presented at the outset to introduce students to their complement subject, then a survey of bioinformatics problems, methods for analysis and applicable algorithms are examined. Assessment is primarily based upon group work, where each team includes a mix of computer scientists and biologists who work together to solve real bioinformatics problems. There is typically a final written test conducted in the last lecture period to facilitate individual assessment. Several guest lectures are also included to expose students to outstanding problems in computational biology.

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Paper Structure

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Content is delivered by lectures from the course coordinator and guest lecturers. The last lecture session of the semester is an in-class test to be written in the usual lecture room.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Address bioinformatics problems with intermediate expertise
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment varies from year to year based upon class size and composition. The following array of coursework is planned for this year:
  • Group Project One (30%)
  • Group Project Two (40%)
  • Test (30%) - scheduled for the last lecture period of the course, 15 Oct 2020.
Marks are awarded for group projects based on the quality of the submitted work, but modified individually according to effort, contribution and cooperation by each group member.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Project One
2. Project Two
3. Test
21 Oct 2022
12:00 PM
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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No required reading in terms of "set" material. Students must research relevant information to complete group work.
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Online Support

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Course Moodle page will include some support information, but attending lectures is essential to make sure the student knows what topics are being covered. That is, this is a seminar style of course with guest lecturers; thus specific content will vary from year to year.
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This is a 15-point paper; thus the expected workload is 150 hours. This should be more than adequate to satisfy the requirements of the course; however, additional effort/time may be required if students are unable to keep up with the pace of the course or meet requirements to finish group work in the allotted time.
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Prerequisite papers: one of STAT111, STAT121, STATS111, STATS121 and a further 45 points at 300 level in Ecology and Biodiversity or Molecular and Cellular Biology or Computer Science (including COMPX301 or COMP317 or BIOMO302 or BIOL310)




Restricted papers: COMP455, COMP555

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